Fit is important with shoes, jeans, parking spaces, suitcases, puzzle pieces…and new hires. Of course, finding a candidate to fit the job is a top priority, but that person has to fit the team too. We work with and for people after all.
As people, we want to feel comfortable in our environments. That includes the work environment. Attitudes, expectations, behaviors, and values blend to create a company’s work environment, and the resulting culture is developed as people learn how to work together. A person who can enhance and adapt to this organizational culture in the workplace as well as fit the required qualifications for the job is a good fit for the position.
In order to get a good fit, the professional beliefs and behaviors of employees need to align with the core values and organizational culture of the company.
Key areas of alignment are: motivation or work ethic, relating to the team, response to structure, and work pace.
There is obvious value in looking for compatibility between employees and the company in the way they work. Things like harmonious relationships, collaboration, and productivity spring to mind. There are more subtle benefits too such as reduced turnover and increased employee engagement.
In as much as it’s important to find someone who fits in, hiring “clones” can stagnate a company. Although alignment with values and behaviors are crucial to a well-functioning work environment, each person will express those characteristics individually. Think about how a candidate can add to the corporate culture. A diverse workforce injects new ideas and problem solving into the established organizational structure. This often leads to innovation which then creates a competitive advantage.
It’s all about balance. The goal is to build a well-oiled team that’s united by a shared sense of purpose and made up of unique individuals who bring many ideas to the table from of a variety of viewpoints. It’s similar to the concept of style vs substance. Styles can vary, it’s the substance that matters. Challenges to conventional thinking can be a very good thing.
The future looks bright for organizational cultures where different opinions are encouraged and heard. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear a new way of thinking that can influence the future success of the team. Adaptability keeps companies agile enough to handle market changes and continue growing.
Successful employees are proficient with the tasks and productive with the people at the companies where they work. If you need help finding the best candidate to suit your needs and fit in seamlessly with your corporate culture, partner with a true market leader – Griffin Global Systems. We know our talent pool well. We’ve verified their skill sets, checked their references and backgrounds, and built relationships. Contact GGS today and let us help you achieve your goals.