My daughter is in her final 100 days of high school and, like many of her peers she is trying to figure out the next step in her life.
She recently travelled to Far North Queensland to check out a University she is considering attending to understand if this was a place she could spend the next four years of her academic career. What struck me was the natural way she ‘interviewed’ the University; from the Head of the School she was interested in to the RA’s that supported the campus dorms. Essentially what she was seeking out was the ‘culture’ of the campus and whether this would fit in with her own personal values and future goals.
Many employers and countless HR professionals espouse the need for effective workplace cultures but do businesses ever think about ‘interviewing’ themselves to understand whether the culture that is currently present in their business fits in with their vision, mission and values and their greater business goals?
Do business even understand what an effective workplace culture means and what a difference this can make to their bottom line?
Culture is the character and personality of your business; it is what makes your business unique and is the sum of its values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviors, and attitudes.
These questions will quickly help you to understand where your culture is currently sitting and any areas that might need improvement, particularly around engagement, strategy and communication, to ensure that your business character is in line with your business goals.
As a Millennial, my daughter will enter the work force wanting a culture that meets her personal values and future goals, just like the University she will attend. When her time comes to enter the workforce, she and her colleagues will interview your ‘culture’ just as much as you will interview them for a spot on your team.
So it is time you ‘interviewed’ your culture to ensure that it is on track?
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