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Finding Your Perfect Company Culture: A Guide to Thriving at Work

Emma White | October 26, 2023

Of all the hiring trends to emerge in the 2020s, one stands out as a defining factor for job seekers: company culture.

In fact, Gallup found that despite the correlation between culture and engagement, only 2 in 10 employees nationwide feel connected to their company’s culture.

In other words, thriving in your career depends on finding an environment that supports your:

Here are five simple ways to find a workplace that fosters all three.

1. Envision your ideal company culture

You can’t find your ideal culture — let alone join it — if you don’t know what it looks like. Before embarking on the next leg of your career journey, take some time to introspect.

Ask yourself why you’re considering leaving your current position and what you like or dislike about cultures at other businesses. Understanding your preferences and priorities will be a compass in your quest to find the best cultural fit.

2. Research the organization

A toxic culture pushes away employees faster than low pay, according to MIT Sloan. Start your research by exploring the company’s:

Look for clues about their values, vision and mission. Pay close attention to things like benefits, learning opportunities and initiatives toward diversity and inclusion. For today’s employees, these are essential considerations in finding your ideal cultural fit.

3. Connect with current and past employees

Different people thrive in different workplaces. Gather multiple perspectives and seek current or former employees who have held positions similar to the one you’re considering.

By connecting with individuals who have been there, you gain valuable insight into company life so you can better gauge whether your values are aligned.

4. Pay attention to communication styles and atmosphere

From your first interaction with a recruiter to the final interview, every experience you have with a potential employer reflects their culture. In any conversation you have, note how you’re treated and the collaborative atmosphere of the team. Does the vibe match what you’re looking for?

Remember, the interview process is a two-way street: You’re assessing the company as much as its representatives are assessing you.

5. Ask thoughtful questions

One of the best ways to evaluate a potential employer? Ask questions that’ll give you a deeper understanding of their culture, like:

  • Which characteristics do your most successful employees share?
  • What is your favorite part of the company’s culture?
  • If you could change one thing about the culture, what would it be?
  • How does the team approach tight deadlines?
  • How does the team handle disputes or challenges?

Probing these topics will equip you with valuable information and demonstrate your genuine interest in understanding the company.

It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for — you can find the right cultural fit and flourish in your career. Are you ready to work in an organization where you can thrive? Apply to Paycom today.

About the author
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Emma White
As an employer brand marketer at Paycom, Emma White helps broaden the employer brand and increase brand awareness. Emma is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she earned degrees in marketing and management. Her work on Paycom’s recruitment marketing team includes company culture, careers and social media content. Outside work, Emma's hobbies include art, reading, exploring new places in OKC and spending time with friends.