The True Value of Company Culture

There is no right or wrong corporate culture, only the best culture fit for your personality.

If you find yourself working in a business with a company culture that leaves you feeling unhappy and unfulfilled despite a hefty pay cheque then you might consider finding a company that resonates with your personality.

Since a company's culture is reflected in its dress code, business hours, office setup, employee benefits, turnover, hiring decisions, treatment of clients, client satisfaction and every other aspect of operations it might take a bit of time for you to fully comprehend its culture. Once you have a good idea of the type of company culture that brings out the best in you then you can focus on finding employment accordingly. 

Corporate culture defined

Corporate culture refers to the beliefs and behaviours that determine how a company's employees and management interact and handle outside business transactions. Often, corporate culture is implied, not expressly defined, and develops organically over time from the cumulative traits of the people the company hires.

According to Robert E. Quinn and Kim S. Cameron at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, there are four types of organizational culture: Clan, Adhocracy, Market, and Hierarchy.

  • Clan oriented cultures are family-like, with a focus on mentoring, nurturing, and “doing things together”
  • Adhocracy oriented cultures are dynamic and entrepreneurial, with a focus on risk-taking, innovation, and “doing things first”
  • Market oriented cultures are results oriented, with a focus on competition, achievement, and “getting the job done”
  • Hierarchy oriented cultures are structured and controlled, with a focus on processes, efficiency, stability and “doing things right”

Some company cultures are a breeding ground for exploitation and disrespectful behaviours that could leave you feeling unhappy and unmotivated. This is often brought about by philosophies around 'profit at any cost'. For someone who values a healthy company culture above salary, this company culture would leave them feeling unhappy and de-motivated. However, some people thrive in this type of environment and are successful as a direct result. 

Uniqueness is key

Since every person is different it's important that you work out which type of company culture is the best fit for your personality. Finding an environment that enables you to thrive will contribute towards your levels of happiness, motivation and engaged. 

Find the best fit for you

EAW strives to ensure that candidates are placed within a company culture that suites them. This ensures greater satisfaction and happiness for both the employers & employees alike.

Call EAW today: 011 793 6780 for recruitment services that realize that a job is more than just a task list.