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  string(3534) "Working in recruitment, you’re faced with the word ‘culture’ from both clients and candidates every day. It’s one of the top factors for candidates seeking new employment and is also the top priority for clients recruiting people into their business.

It got me thinking……..what is culture? What defines culture and how can we go about cracking the Culture Code? One person’s perception and opinion is different from another yet we are all seeking the same thing.

When you Google “What is Culture?” it comes up with a huge range of definitions, there was one particular definition which I was really drawn to, that in my eyes summed up what ‘culture’ is perfectly.

‘Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and art.’

We live in a world where everything is ever changing, from the music we listen to, the food that we eat and the multi-cultural society that most of us live in today. We tend to forget what it is that makes a good company culture and that like people, it is always evolving.

A good question to be asking yourself when you’re looking for a ‘good company culture’ is; what defines a good culture for you? Are you looking to be part of a business where they have an excellent training framework?  A clearly communicated vision? Maybe a supportive leadership team? Or is a good culture one that has ‘office banter’ and after work Friday drinks? Or actually is it all of the above?

Remember that you too are responsible for creating a culture within a business. If the culture has become ‘toxic’ can you do anything to improve this? Could your positive nature and uplifting personality help to change the way that your employee’s thinking? Could your supportive approach make the difference to somebody’s personal and professional development? Perhaps your inclusive behaviour help to create a better working environment.

Some easy ‘Takeaway Tips’ to think about
  • Be quick to share credit when something is going well – this applies to both the employers and employees. Everybody likes to know when something is working or if they have done a good job, it’s rare that this is ever communicated. Take time to highlight and appreciate the good things.
  • Ensure that both your body language and communication style is positive.
  • Be supportive – we are all under pressure from time to time, offering your help/support will go a long way.
  • Respect one another and the company.
  • Does the company complete employee/employer surveys? If not could this be something that is introduced to re-assess the culture and the way that it is viewed.
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Working in recruitment, you’re faced with the word ‘culture’ from both clients and candidates every day. It’s one of the top factors for candidates seeking new employment and is also the top priority for clients recruiting people into their business.

It got me thinking……..what is culture? What defines culture and how can we go about cracking the Culture Code? One person’s perception and opinion is different from another yet we are all seeking the same thing.

When you Google “What is Culture?” it comes up with a huge range of definitions, there was one particular definition which I was really drawn to, that in my eyes summed up what ‘culture’ is perfectly.

‘Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and art.’

We live in a world where everything is ever changing, from the music we listen to, the food that we eat and the multi-cultural society that most of us live in today. We tend to forget what it is that makes a good company culture and that like people, it is always evolving.

A good question to be asking yourself when you’re looking for a ‘good company culture’ is; what defines a good culture for you? Are you looking to be part of a business where they have an excellent training framework?  A clearly communicated vision? Maybe a supportive leadership team? Or is a good culture one that has ‘office banter’ and after work Friday drinks? Or actually is it all of the above?

Remember that you too are responsible for creating a culture within a business. If the culture has become ‘toxic’ can you do anything to improve this? Could your positive nature and uplifting personality help to change the way that your employee’s thinking? Could your supportive approach make the difference to somebody’s personal and professional development? Perhaps your inclusive behaviour help to create a better working environment.

Some easy ‘Takeaway Tips’ to think about

  • Be quick to share credit when something is going well – this applies to both the employers and employees. Everybody likes to know when something is working or if they have done a good job, it’s rare that this is ever communicated. Take time to highlight and appreciate the good things.
  • Ensure that both your body language and communication style is positive.
  • Be supportive – we are all under pressure from time to time, offering your help/support will go a long way.
  • Respect one another and the company.
  • Does the company complete employee/employer surveys? If not could this be something that is introduced to re-assess the culture and the way that it is viewed.

Remember “Negative people will always find a problem in a solution” and will also bring their surroundings down with them.

How are you contributing to your company’s culture? I’d love to hear from you, please write in the comments section below or Tweet me @DonnaK_CP.

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