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How Important is “Culture Fit”?

Hiring around the culture fit has become a more common hiring practice in recent years. People understand that someone who is a good fit for the wider corporate culture will integrate into their new team better and so they hire someone who fits that vision. As experienced staffing experts, the team at RAI Resources often fields questions about whether finding someone who fits the culture matters, and whether it can affect other hiring processes, such as hiring for diversity.

Most people are of the incorrect belief that the person has to be just like them to be a good culture fit. While most people are more comfortable with people that remind them of themselves, this isn’t the same thing as a culture fit. This could cause you to have a hiring bias without intending to.

Rather, you need to find a candidate that matches the core values of the company. Given that these are one of the driving forces powering the business of the organization, someone that doesn’t match the mission parameters won’t last very long. However, a broad range of people from every walk of life could potentially fit these core values, which means that there is plenty of room for diversity with hiring for culture.

But just what makes the culture fit so important? Here are three reasons hiring based on culture fit is so valuable:

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It Creates Cohesion

Teams that function on the same set of core values tend to work together better than a time that disagrees on priorities and have their own thoughts on what matters most. A culture fit ensures everyone is on the same page and working at the same standards to meet the same goals.

It gives every member of the team some common ground as they interact with one another. Given that everyone holds similar values, they are better able to find a way to solve a problem as it arises, whether it’s something personal or professional in nature.

Built-In Accountability

When teams are working together towards the same vision, they are more likely to hold one another accountable when it comes to completing the tasks to achieve that mission. It’s in all employees interests that their company flourishes. It effectively creates a system where everyone works together to meet the standards that the group sets for themselves, rather than just the goals set by management.

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It Promotes Creativity

When people work together well, they are more likely to be creative and open. When employees feel comfortable with one another it helps them feel safe in assuming new perspectives that lead to innovation. They are also better at just moving on if the idea isn’t used, rather than trying to fight for an idea no one else wants to do.

A good culture fit allows for employees to feel supported in an organization that allows them to explore new things. Combining culture fit and diversity gives you the very best of both worlds, which is reflected in the quality of the team’s output as well as the innovation that exists throughout the organization.

With decades of Human Resources experience, RAI understands the importance of hiring for culture fit. Are you looking for an experienced recruiting partner who can deliver best fit candidates? RAI Resources can help. We offer custom staffing services across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York including Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Pittsburgh, Plymouth Meeting, Princeton. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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