How Can You Determine What the Real Company Culture Is?

April 4th, 2019

Just like candidates, companies want to put their best foot forward in an interview. They want their top candidates to be interested in their opportunity and working for their company. But how do you know if the company culture they have on display is genuine? You need to dig deeper to make sure you understand the kind of organization you’ll be working with once you accept the job. Here are a few ways to look past what’s on the surface to the real company culture before accepting a job offer.

Dig into the Mission Statement

Step one is to review the company mission statement. This will tell you a lot about their values as an organization. You will be able to see what they included, and what they specifically left out, from their mission to help you draw your conclusions.

You want to work with a company that has shared values. A mission statement can give you a good overview of what the company really stands for.

Ask Specific Questions

Of course, a mission statement is just an overview, so to get into the details you need to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask pointed questions about the company culture, interactions between employees, and policies that affect overall culture.

Talk to them about how the team gets along. If there are staff lunches or activities. Ask them about the work-life balance. All of these are a great way to determine the overall company culture.

Learn About a Day in the Life

Another great question in the interview is a “day in the life.” Ask them what a day in the life of their company, and the specific position, looks like. They can give you a basic road map that can help you determine if it would be a good fit.

For example, if the company is very procedure-driven but you’re a more creative spirit, you may want to reconsider whether or not the company is a good fit for you.

Research the Company

Finally, take some time to research the company. Find out if they’ve had any news stories written about them and what light the company is most frequently painted in. You can look at employee review sites, but keep in mind that some of those posts are either sour grapes or advertisements.

The key is discernment. Don’t believe everything you read on social media, but give it a good look. Make your best determination on what is best for your career.

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Finding a Company with a Service Culture

March 28th, 2019

Are you looking for a position with a company that is active in your community through volunteering and service? Many employees are interested in working with socially responsible companies, so looking for a team that has a service culture is the first step in finding the right fit. Cultural fit is as much about your interest and satisfaction in the company as it is their interest in you for the position. Here are some ways you can pick out a service culture before accepting a position.

Review The Website

You can find out a lot on a company website. A company wants its audience to understand their branding, and that includes their mission for service. Language around service, community, and more will be included in their about us, mission statement, and more. Don’t be afraid to research a company before you make a decision.

Look at Social Media

Social media is also a great place to see their service mindset in action. Follow the company on Twitter, Facebook, and any other service you frequent. Are they posting on social media? You’ll see the kinds of things they do for the community because they’ll want to make sure to publicize that.

Talk to Employees

You can also connect with current and former employees who worked for the company to get a sense of the overall culture. Connect with individuals on LinkedIn and ask them about their experience. Most people are excited to talk about. Be sure to mention that you’re looking to understand their culture of service.

Ask in the Interview

It’s also okay to simply ask. When you’re interviewing, you want to have some questions prepared so add this one in. For example, you can ask, “How does your company give back to the community?” or “How do you describe the culture of service in your office.”

Observe the Office Culture

While you’re there for interviews, you can also observe the overall company culture. Interact with the front desk representative. Take a look around. See how people interact with one another. This can all give you a better picture of what to expect when you’re part of that environment.

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Positive Tips for a Positive Workplace

February 2nd, 2018

We all know that positivity can make everything fall into place. Imagine you’re having a bad day. You can slip into negativity allowing everything else that happens to you to annoy you, or you can choose to have a positive outlook and overcome the negative experience. The same is true in your office every day. Some of your employees will be having a bad day and some will be having a good day. The single most important thing to affect their productivity and engagement will be the overall atmosphere of the workplace itself. So how can you have a positive workplace? Here are some tips to get you started.

Show gratitude.

Saying thank you can go a long way, and often employers don’t say it enough. But not only should you say it frequently, but you should create a culture of gratitude in your office. Gratitude is contagious, and as more people say thank you to one another, the more positive the overall atmosphere will be.

Celebrate little wins.

Most companies will celebrate the big stuff like hitting major goals or landing a huge customer. But sometimes, it’s all about the little victories. Take time to acknowledge whenever someone does something worthy of recognition. This can go a long way toward feeling appreciated on the job.

Focus on being positive.

If negative attitudes breed more negativity, then it goes without saying that positive energy will create more positive energy. So even when things go wrong, focus on the positive. How can you solve a problem? How can you stay engaged? How can you encourage your team in tough times?

Be sure to smile.

The physical act of smiling is enough to put many people at ease. We’re not saying that you have to completely change your personality or the state of your resting face, but smile when you engage with others. When you’re listening or speaking, a smile can allow the message to remain positive. You’ll notice more general smiling around the office as well.

Know the mission.

Finally, at all times, make sure you know your company’s mission and live it. Encourage others to live it as well. At Meador Staffing, we subscribe to the highest ethical and professional standards in managing a diversified and profitable human resource firm. We are engaged in providing excellence and quality service to candidates and employers relative to temporary staffing, contract staffing, direct hire placement, and recruiting. And our values and vision support our goals.

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