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Work culture is a topic we’ve discussed a few times in some of our blogs. Work culture is the concept of your company’s values, beliefs, and attitudes – which ultimately influence the environment of your organization. Some of the most commonly used words to describe company culture are family-oriented, innovative, fun, relaxed, and inclusive. These words are all very positive and things that someone may want to see in their organization.  In today’s business climate, workplace culture is very important when searching for a job. If you’re spending 40 hours a week at an organization, you want to be sure you love the environment and that you align with the work culture. Continue reading below to learn how to find out if your workplace culture is right for you!

 

How to Tell If a Company’s Culture is Right for You

Define your values: A good way to see if you’re a match with the company’s culture is to define your core values. Outline your values and define what they mean to you. Values are necessary because they determine the way you live and work. A company’s values are crucial because they may dictate the way the organization is run. If your values align with the company’s, chances are they are a good match for you!

Talk with prospective colleagues: Get to know potential colleagues and check out their social media accounts like LinkedIn. Talking to them is a good way to see if your personalities will mesh. Figure out who your potential boss is and get to know them as well as you can. A big part of company culture is the people who work there, especially since you might be working closely with other people.

Ask questions: During your interview, do not be afraid to ask questions about the company’s work culture. Have the interviewer describe their culture and what they perceive it to be to get a picture from someone who is immersed in it daily. Some great questions to ask are “what’s your favorite and least favorite thing about working here?” and “does the team hang out after work hours?” These questions can help you understand how close-knit the employees might be.

Work culture is not something that is imperative to everyone, but the environment at work does affect employees and their performance. If the work environment is important to you, don’t accept a job offer without doing your research on their company culture. This can end up being a make it or break it decision.

In order to do all your research, make sure you read our other blog on work culture here!

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Meetings are usually an inevitable part of any job. They can happen in big conference rooms or they can happen over conference calls. There isn’t one specific way to hold a meeting, but there are many ways to dominate them.  Continue reading below to find out our 4 tips on being the best in meetings!

Be Respectful of Time: Tip number 1 is to always respect your colleagues and their time. Meetings aren’t everyone’s favorite and there’s definitely no time to be wasted! Thank your colleagues for taking time out of their schedule to meet and save the small talk for later.

Don’t Over Chat: Don’t talk to the point where no one else can get a word in, and also don’t let anybody do that either. If someone loves to talk and tries to dominate the conversation, just remind everyone that you need to stick to an agenda. Thank them for their comment, and move onto the next topic.

Minimize Distractions: It may be tempting to sit in a meeting and reply to your emails or scroll on social media, but these are all very distracting tasks. If possible, put technology away for the meeting. Paying attention to your colleagues is something that they will notice and appreciate. Try to keep the distractions to a minimum.

Prepare: If you have the meeting agenda, go over it before the meeting. Prepare yourself and any documents you may need to bring. Gather your thoughts and speaking points before so you know what you are walking into. This will help you feel more confident about going into the meeting and you will be very prepared.

These tips will help you feel better about meetings and dominate them! There are so many things you can do to make meetings successful and productive… check out some other ones here!

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