Cultural fit is one of the main building blocks of employee happiness. Not even an above-average salary, free lunches, or other perks can make up for a poor fit between an employee's values and your company culture. In fact, when it comes to attracting and keeping the right people in the long-term, money alone is rarely the main factor.
I have never understood the term "work-life balance". Why is work something separate from the rest of the important things in our lives? Am I not living my life during those 40+ hours that I spend in a workplace every single week?
When we think about bullying, the first image that comes to mind to most of us is usually from the schoolyard, or lately even from the context of cyber bullying. However, bullying is a problem in workplaces, too, and it’s not that rare either. To give you an idea, in 2017 19% of employees in the U.S. were being bullied in their workplaces, and another 19% were affected as witnesses.
If you have read articles or listened to webinars and podcasts on employer branding, you are probably familiar with the term Employer Value Proposition or EVP, or sometimes, Employee Value Proposition or Employment Value Proposition. No matter what you call it, your EVP is a crucial piece of your workplace happiness puzzle since it helps you to attract and retain the right talent.
Company culture is the combination of the shared values and behavior of the people working for the company. Cultural fit is a crucial building block in employee happiness and the lack of cultural fit can be harmful to both, the employee and the company.