How to Gauge a Company’s Culture in an Interview

Young People Work In Modern Office

Author: Emily Lamia
Source: Idealist Careers

Culture. It’s a big word. But what does it really mean?

We seem to know how to identify bad organizational culture: constant stress, unreasonable workloads, and passive aggressive or mean people. But aside from unlimited snacks, casual Fridays, and a summer picnic, what goes into determining how to define positive organizational culture?

The truth is, everyone’s version of a positive culture is different. This is why it’s important to have your own definition of what a good culture looks like to you in order to truly thrive in your social-impact career.

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What it Takes to Make #MondayMotivation Stick


Wanting to do good work and test new ideas doesn’t require memes—we’re already wired to do it. But leaders can do more to make sure that enthusiasm isn’t stifled.

Author: Mark Athitakis
Source: Associations Now

This post is running on Monday, which means it’s #MondayMotivation day. So if you’re following anybody who’s even remotely connected to the world of leadership and professional development, your social media feeds are likely now peppered with go-get-’em quotations and inspirational memes that are meant to sustain us through the week—at least until #ThrowbackThursday makes us nostalgic for better days and that carefree #FridayFeeling kicks in.

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The Only 3 Employee “Perks” That Matter

perksAuthor: Luke Smith
Source: Brazen

Ditch the bells and whistles. When it comes to employee satisfaction, these are the three things that actually matter.

In today’s competitive job market, many companies are looking beyond salary and benefits to stand out to top candidates. Top-tier companies like Google and Apple have revolutionized the perks that employees enjoy in order to attract and retain their elite workforce — offering employees everything from unlimited time off to free automotive maintenance. One company even offers free scuba lessons!

But what perks really matter to employees?

While your company may not have the means that Google has, you can offer the employee perks that make the most difference in their job satisfaction career growth. Here are a few suggestions:

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What’s More Important Than Money? These 3 Things.

career-dreamsAuthor: Josh Tolan
Source: Brazen Blog

With the unemployment rate at the lowest since 2008, today’s job seekers have more choice — and more power — than ever before. According to CareerBuilder, one in five employees plan to change jobs in 2016, so the job seekers are out there. The real question is, how do you make sure your company is what they’re searching for? What matters to job seekers?

Believe it or not, it’s not salary. Or at least, it’s not salary at the expense of everything else. When 3,252 employees were asked what mattered more than salary when looking for a new job, they rattled off a list of factors including non-salary benefits, location, and management, among others. But three factors stand out above the rest — these three factors matter more for your employer brand and your employees’ happiness (and, subsequently, your employee retention) than any others.

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The New HR: Human Capital Development

HRAuthor: Caroline Stokes
Source: Undercover Recruiter

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend among Human Resources professionals recently. They are leaving tech companies due to professional dissatisfaction. The trend signals that these companies don’t have an active, engaging role for human resources beyond administrative tasks. A gap is emerging between the next generation of human resources defined as ‘human capital developers’ and the human resources born out of the 20th Century.

Today, HR is undergoing a seismic shift driven by the changing nature of work and the impact of technology. Many companies, even forward-thinking tech companies, are struggling to define the role of HR, and engage the department in the organization’s overall vision. As traditional roles becomes outdated, companies have to reconfigure departments to meet workforce needs. A huge gap is developing between the old and the new model, and in the midst of it, a lack of clarity among many senior managers on how to effectively reconfigure human resources.

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5 Characteristics of a Positive Work Environment


Author: Michael Poh
Source: Hongkiat

Aside from the job scope itself, one factor that significantly influences how employees feel about work is the environment. By work environment, I mean everything that forms part of employees’ involvement with the work itself, such as the relationship with co-workers and supervisors, organizational culture, room for personal development, etc.

A positive work environment makes employees feel good about coming to work, and this provides the motivation to sustain them throughout the day.

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Why Happy Employees Leave


Source: The Undercover Recruiter

In a post-industrial economy, more of us are able to choose what we want to do for work. What we want is something personal. Something unique.

A recent study by the London School of Business and Finance found that 47% of professionals in the UK want to change jobs. That figure jumped to 66% among Millennials (people aged between 20 and 34). Another report found that nearly half of workers in the UK plan to quit their jobs this year. Cheating on your company is in, it seems.

The question is, why do happy employees leave? Moreover, why do they leave jobs they genuinely enjoy? For the past 10 years I’ve worked in the ‘people’ business. Either as a recruiter or startup founder, I’ve met with thousands of company leaders, all of which have had trouble keeping top talent. This is my best attempt so far at explaining why:

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