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How important is company culture when choosing your next job?

25 Jun

Company culture is about so much more than simply what the atmosphere of a workplace is like. These days, it can be the deciding factor in accepting a new job, or indeed, the catalyst for choosing to move on from an organisation. According to Columbia Business School research, company culture has been proven to drive profitability and acquisition decisions, with 47% of people actively looking for new positions saying that company culture is the main reason. It’s clear, then, that your next job search needs to take company culture into consideration. We explore why – and what to look for.

Better company culture = a happier, more productive workplace

The trickle-down effect of a positive company culture can be enormous, both for individuals working there and the organisation itself. A culture where team members feel welcome and valued ultimately results in a happier workplace, which in turn promotes productivity and even profit. In fact, Gallup research reveals that teams with high employee engagement rates are 21% more productive, while organisations with highly engaged teams outperform the competition by 147% in earnings.

A strong company culture can benefit you in many ways, having a significant impact on your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. And with the average person spending 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, it makes sense to seek out a workplace where you can thrive and be happy. A good company culture should make you feel comfortable, encouraged and empowered in your work, with the knowledge that you are respected and cared about. Look for a role that allows you to laugh with your colleagues, have fun everyday and feel proud of the work you’re doing.

Finding the perfect fit

When you’re evaluating your next career move, make sure company culture is considered alongside other important factors like salary, location, benefits and job progression. Evaluating an organisation’s culture starts as early as your initial job search. When you see a role you’re interested in, search online to see what you can glean about what it’s really like to work there. Corporate social media pages, review sites like Glassdoor and the organisation’s own website can all provide insights into company culture. Look for a workplace that celebrates success together, gives back to the community and encourages ongoing development for all colleagues. Does the organisation’s mission statement resonate with you?

Once you get to the interview stage of a job application, take the opportunity to ask your interviewers more about what it’s really like to work for the company. Questions like “Why do you like working here,” “What makes this company different to competitors?” and “What kinds of people thrive in this work environment?” can all provide telling insight about the type of company it is.

Our culture

At Travis Perkins, we’re strong advocates for creating a great place to work for all our team members. In addition to an award-winning benefits scheme, we have a firm focus on career progression across all businesses in the Group. We support charity and community initiatives, encourage our colleagues to strive for more and welcome employees from all walks of life, including apprentices and ex-Armed Services employees. We’re a truly large-scale organisation that has maintained a close-knit, friendly working environment as we’ve grown, providing plenty of opportunities for our people.

Are you interested in joining the Travis Perkins family? Take a look at our latest vacancies to find the role that’s right for you.

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