Corporate culture plays an indispensable role in any company’s success or failure. And, the best indication of an organization with corporate culture problems is – employees do talk a lot about it.
The success of an organization depends on its culture. If culture within an organization is not healthy, there are chances that organization, after earning short-term profits, either will collapse in long-run or will face problems like poor retention rate, higher recruitment rates, inappropriate financial performance and much more.
Not only for the organization, but these corporate cultural problems are not good for employees as well. At least two-third of the business managers and employees agreed to this when I had a word with them. According to the area experts, if you are working in such an organization, you might be risking your career and growth. We must understand that corporate culture can be a secret weapon and these corporate culture problems must not be overlooked.
How can you spot an organization with corporate culture problems before the interview?
Poor hygiene & dusty chairs
Poor hygiene means unhealthy aisles, messy corridors, mismanaged resources, smelling washrooms, untidy dustbins, piles of files – some easy indications of an office with corporate culture problems.
We are the best – “crap & trap”
A corporate that brags about excellence. There are high possibilities that at the back-end that company is actually overburdening its employees with some unrealistic or unachievable standards.
Company values and beliefs on the wall
The “company values and belief” stickers on the wall. These kinda wallpapers are clear indications that we don’t follow any of these, but we expect you to follow these from day one and that too without any condition.
Don’t bother giving an interview, if you see any of these at the reception area.
Sad faces staring monitor screens
After appearing for an interview; take a look around. If you see people buried in their systems (computers) and you get a feeling of your school days; you are at a wrong place.
If you are at a place with no cultural problems, you will see people moving, talking to their co-workers (of course project related); you will see a lot of happy faces.
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Ask a question at the end of the interview
Ask your interviewer – how much time the organization spends with employees after business hours. If you are served with an answer like we hardly ask anyone for overtime unless very important or client meetings; never be a part of such organization. Instead, look for an organization, where extended hours mean fun, party, games, etc.
How can you spot an organization with corporate culture problems after your selection?
Leaders are flawless and self-announced CEOs
All the leaders have the office; in addition to the boss, leaders are always right. There are no questions for them and they are answerable to no one, but the owner; the one with all the praise for those.
If you are working with such leaders, who are leaders not because of their experience, but their tenure; your organization is a victim of with corporate culture problems.
Good at cooking things
An organization where everyone is good at making a mountain out of a molehill. If you are a part of an organization, where people are so skilled that they can crack a big deal out of a ping-pong table, you should look for the nearest exit.
During my last twelve years, while working with several national, multinational and international companies, I had endless encounters with countless brains. The worst problem team leaders,HR managers, and business manager usually deal with are – storytellers. If you see a lot of storytellers around you means you are a part of an organization with corporate culture problems.
Issues are footballs
This is not a difficult one, either. If there is no transparency about the workflow and authority delegation, issues will be nothing, but a football; going from one ‘D’ area to the other. Furthermore, project failures lead to the dismissals of the weakest because the replacement is easy. Should you see any such thing happening in your probation period, start exploring a new job.
Rigidity or flexibility with business hours
Within first few days you will be able to realize rigidity and flexibility of management about the business hours. In simpler terms, an organization, where log-in hour delays attract penalties and extended hours (when you are not at the mistake) are never appreciated; no use of sacrificing your social life for such an organization.
Non-Professional approach for issues
Be it about hiring or dismissal procedures, reduced or increased benefits, with pay or without pay leaves, deductions or increments – if the organization is not following a professional approach, there is no use of staying at that place for long. The reason is – they don’t have any such policies and they will introduce these as a shocker. Speed bumps are good, only if you are told about those before they come.
Companies are spending a lot for having a better corporate culture because professionals are now very concerned about the corporate culture. As I mentioned above, after working for more than a decade in various roles, I strongly believe that 59% of the employees (irrespective of their designations) would love to work for you at a lesser salary, if your organization is not suffering from corporate culture problems.