Making sure the faces fit
EMPLOYERS and jobseekers increasingly cite workplace culture as a determining factor in whether an applicant is employed in the job.
Recruitment firm Hays says many hiring managers rate how a potential employee will fit in with the workplace culture higher than whether they have the skills required to successfully meet job criteria.
It says businesses must understand differences in culture and work style across different generations and factor this in when hiring new employees.
It says cultural fit is also important to prospective candidates, who often rate how they will fit into an organisation more highly than the level of salary they receive. Hays Adelaide regional director Lisa Morris says some candidates have refused job offers because they feel the company culture will not provide the best environment for them to fulfil their long-term career goals.
She says employers are prepared to invest in applicants who they believe will be valuable team members.
‘‘ We have seen many cases where an employer will train a candidate in the necessary technical skills if they are otherwise the right cultural fit for the business,’’ Morris says.
She says the trend is visible in the private and public sectors in such fields as accountancy, office support and human resources.
‘‘ The focus on cultural fit is to ensure a new recruit will integrate into the existing team, has an intrinsic understanding of the way the business operates and is more likely to be retained longterm,’’ she says.
Morris says while technical skills can be taught, there is a belief that cultural fit cannot.
She says a good fit is strategically important to workplaces and it is encouraging to see it is being recognised as a business tactic.