Lesson 2: Topic 3 of 21
Without realizing it, all of us notice and begin to copy the habits of those closest to us. It’s as natural as the tendency to make friends with others who are like us, a phenomenon known as homophily. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” business philosopher Jim Rohn said in his well-known “The Law Of Average” lecture.
Why bring this up in a course on corporate culture?
We spend roughly a third of our lives at work, meaning we’re going to be influenced, for better or worse, by our colleagues. Why bring on board someone who’s going to be the bad influencer?
Keep in mind employment interviews are a two-way street. You are (or should be) screening applicants to ensure they’ll fit in with the culture at your workplace … while at the same time the savvy applicant is screening you, too.
In case you’re skeptical that company culture is a selling point when hiring, author and speaker Matt Tenney wants to reassure you it really does matter. He writes, “The 2021 Job Seeker Nation Report indicates that … company culture has remained very important for employees. Per the report, 86% of job seekers say culture is a “somewhat or very important” factor, with 48% rating it as “very important” (up from 37% in 2019), in their job search.” Furthermore, 15% of candidates have turned down job offers based on the company culture.