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Why Workplace Culture Matters For Job Satisfaction

10 September 2019
Zara Woodcock
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Job satisfaction is a result of many workplace perks and quirks. Although pay does help people enjoy their work a little more, the more social aspect of office life is what makes or breaks job satisfaction. It all depends on the workplace culture and whether you fit in.

What is workplace culture, you ask? Well, it basically refers to your work style, values and determination and whether it fits in with those in the rest of the company. If you are more of an “all work and no play” kind of person, you are not going to fit in with a company of people who value their work-life balance or enjoy having an easygoing office.

Not all companies have a work culture set in stone. It takes time and a lot of work. However, when applying for multinational companies like Allen & Overy and JP Morgan Chase, it’s easy to assume that the workplace culture focuses on high pressure and hectic offices.

Why Workplace Culture is Important

Workplace culture is extremely important to include in your business strategy as it highly affects your objectives, whether positively or negatively. A positive culture is significant because:

  • It will drive engagement and retention. Workplace culture influences how your employees interact with the organisation and their work.
  • It will affect performance. If employees don’t fit into the workplace culture, they will be less determined and efficient. Organisations with better workplace cultures outperform their competitors financially.
  • It attracts better-suited talent. Candidates usually evaluate your company and its climate. A positive, friendly but determined culture attracts the right talent.
  • It affects happiness and job satisfaction. Employee happiness is linked to a strong workplace culture.

How to determine your company’s culture

Now that we understand why workplace culture and its relation to job satisfaction is significant, it might be something to think about when applying for future jobs.

The majority of companies have a mission statement somewhere on their website (check their ‘About Us’ page) that gives applicants an idea of what the company’s workplace culture is like.

Even if the websites have their mission statement, it is best to use the job interview as an opportunity to ask a few questions that will determine how the company works. The questions don’t only apply to applicants and employees, but also apply to founders and owners of organisations

  • How does the company celebrate accomplishments and progress?
  • What do you do to encourage co-workers to work together and socialise?
  • How do managers provide feedback to employees?
  • Are there any opportunities for additional training and education for employees?

Is culture more important than skills?

There are endless mental and emotional benefits that come with belonging to a community of likeminded people, whether co-workers enjoy the same music, sports team, share the same humour etc.

If the organisation’s culture is similar to your own, being at work will feel less like a chore and more like you’re finally part of a team. Furthermore, let’s not ignore the fact that cultural fit is just as important to employers as it is to job seekers. Many employers believe that cultural fit is a bit more important in predicting an employee’s commitment to the company than any factor. This includes talent, experience and skills.

Ultimately, not every job seeker (or employer) cares about workplace culture or deem it significant to job satisfaction. It’s up to you to decide what kind of person you are when looking for jobs. Is it about fitting in and being social? Is it about getting to work and exceeding daily goals? Whatever it is, look out for the red flags when signing employment contracts.

Once you have found the kind of company culture you enjoy being part of, it’s time to think about looking for the right employer. AdView is here to help you with all your job searches and queries.