Success and happiness in the workplace don’t only come from being good at what you do – feeling at home at the office is important too.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN FEELING AS THOUGH YOU’VE FOUND A HOME AWAY FROM HOME IN YOUR WORKPLACE, WHERE YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE FRIENDLY AND SUPPORTIVE COLLEAGUES?
It’s not easy to know what you should look for when it comes to company culture, what type of job will suit you best and what kind of company will serve your needs.
Consider what kind of company culture you could see yourself thriving in. For example, does the company value a traditional, hierarchical structure or is it a more cutting-edge company that values innovation, collaboration and new ideas over routine?
If you’re an ambitious, extroverted individual, will you fit into a more traditional structure? Less ambitious people could find a fast-paced, high-pressure work environment intimidating.
Finding the right fit, on the other hand, can lead to personal and professional growth. Some people are motivated by money, while some find happiness in aspects such as travel opportunities, flexitime and the ability to work from home.
Do you work better in small or large teams? What kind of team size would the company expect you to work in? It all starts with knowing who you are – you should at this stage have a good idea of what you’re good at, which will help you to choose a company that fits both your skills and your values and beliefs. Knowing what you’re looking for in a job has a lot to do with knowing what motivates you.
Once you know what motivates you, it’s easier to choose a company with a culture and values that align with your own.