The Curious Case of Company Culture
By Catie Bush
There’s no secret to what we do in the recruiting business. We help companies hire employees. And it might seem like all staffing agencies offer the same service. This couldn't be further from the truth. There’s a whole lot of value in HOW a staffing company hires that can make the difference between an employee who leaves quickly and one who stays and becomes an integral part of your organization.
Here at M Force, Ferryn Xenakis (watch her video, it's great!) and I handle all of the SolidWorks recruiting. We talk to dozens of talented CAD designers and engineers each and every day. It’s our job to make sure we send the right candidates to hiring managers for their review.
So how do we determine that? I believe it begins with asking our clients the right questions. When I speak with a hiring manager about a job opening, I try to make sure to get to the heart of what will make someone successful in the position. Many times, it has nothing to do with the technical skills. Anyone can match a resume to a job description. But isn't it more important to make sure the employee can do the work and fit into your organization as a whole? It’s an interesting idea, because we’d like to think that candidates with identical experience and background would be interchangeable. Obviously, they’re not. Facebook probably doesn't hire the same kind of web developers as General Motors. What’s the difference? Company culture.
Here are a couple of big picture company culture ideas to think about the next time you speak with a staffing company about your hiring needs.
1) What is your vision for your company?
2) What kind of work environment do you promote?
3) What does your company value? What is its mission?
4) What kind of a team do you want to build?
Steven Hunt, writing for the job site, Monster.com cites studies that show employees will accept 7% less starting pay to work for a company with values and culture similar to their own. Companies with a stated culture also experienced 30% less turnover.
That’s why we strive to dig into what makes your company tick. Not only do we want to know the requirements and responsibilities of the position, but we want to know the culture of your organization, the kind of person this individual will be reporting to, the other personalities in the department, and how everyone will work together. I think that’s what helps set us apart from other, larger, staffing companies. Our team really takes the time to find an employee that will help your company long term.
You can always train someone to do certain responsibilities, but you can’t make someone a “good” person or make them fit into your company’s culture. Finally, there’s no “right answer” to these questions. There’s no perfect company culture that will mean immediate success. It’s all about the right culture and fit for your environment!
Thanks for reading!
SolidWorks Account Manager