I haven't done this in while but this post is really about directing you to another post. We have a post up on Fistful of Talent today on company culture. Called "Like Water for Culture" it's about how important culture is when considering who to hire.
I know - there are many of you who hear the words company culture and you throw up in your mouth a little. I get it - you don't like to talk about the soft and squishy stuff. Culture Smulture you say... it's not about culture it's about hitting the time clock and collecting the Benjamins. Unfortunately, as rational as that seems it is totally 100% false.
Culture is the environment in which we spend about 40% of our time in order to get the Benjamins. Culture is the air we breathe while we do the rational stuff that pays the mortgage and get's us that big 65" LED flat screen with 3D technology and built in neck massager and popcorn maker.
While we can't always put our finger on culture it permeates our work life - and when you think about it - our personal life as well.
You can get paid a ton to do what you're good at but if the environment you work in is toxic and it doesn't match up to your values - and your boss is always kicking you around the office - you will come home and kick the cat or the dog or tease the fish. Your working life affects your personal life. #FACT.
As every host on Family Feud has said more than once - "And the survey says" - work meaning, recognition and feeling connected at work are the key drivers satisfaction and engagement. Collecting Benjamins is always (I'll emphasize) ALWAYS further down the list of what people really want at work.
And when the academics do their studies to find out what really impacts performance - money and other "transactional" benefits of the task always fare worse than the squishy stuff like recognition and validation - and - culture.
So, pop over to Fistful of Talent - read the post and tell me if you think culture is important or not.