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Hiring for Culture Fit Doesn't Need to Be Controversial

Posted by Scott Smith on Nov 13, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, client, Hiring Tips

The trend of hiring for diversity and culture fit is causing controversy, but it doesn't need to. While hiring managers recognize the importance of this popular hiring factor, they also encounter one problem with it: many do not fully understand culture fit leading to misconceptions.

So what exactly is a culture fit, and how can businesses benefit from it?

Culture Fit Increases Employee Loyalty and Retainment

While it is important to hire to maintain diversity in the workplace, it is also essential to find workers who fit in with the culture. Employees who feel that they fit in with other people in the office develop loyalty to the workplace. When employees like where they work, they tend to stay.

Scientific research has also found that workplace culture matters to employees—whether they fit in or not affects how they behave during work hours. When employees feel aligned with the workplace culture, they become satisfied with their jobs, and they decide to stay. Culture fit, thus, gives employees a positive attitude about the workplace.

Moreover, hiring employees based on culture fit benefits not only the employee but also the employer. Employees who feel comfortable with office culture are happier and perform better than those who do not. When employee turnover is low, employers gain from considerably reduced costs of recruiting and hiring.  

Culture Fit Brings Diversity to the Workplace

Some have a misconception that hiring for culture fit reduces diversity in the workplace as they think hiring managers hire with a homogenized workplace in mind.

However, hiring culture fit candidates doesn't mean that diversity is factored out. Even if a candidate has the same values as the company's, the reality is that the person still came from a different background, ethnicity, experience, and skills. This ensures that teams still have highly skilled employees with diverse perspectives and a plethora of experiences.

When employers focus on culture fit, employees of all backgrounds learn to work in synergy. In fact, their shared values and valuable differences bring them together, and they function with more efficiency.

Culture Fit Sparks Innovation

Others deem that culture fit hinders innovation because they have a misconception that hiring managers do not look for diversity when onboarding people. They believe there's a shortage of creativity when employees in the room are not diverse enough, resulting in a lack of innovation.

However, the theory of culture fit isn't about hiring people that all think alike; it is about finding employees with the same values who can impact the organization's culture. Employees do not have to be identical to spark innovation. Instead, they should be encouraged to challenge each other to be better while staying aligned with the company values. Culture fit facilitates this environment, which is why innovation increases when hiring managers find the perfect candidates.

Of course, even if employees share culture fit, they still belong from different backgrounds, so conflicts may arise. If no problem exists, then there may not be catalysts for innovation. With being a culture fit, employees learn to value diversity, and they look for ways to make conflict work. Culture fit and having a healthy workplace culture drives employees to collaborate, solve problems, and work through them to develop innovative strategies. This just shows that innovation occurs when people are encouraged and valued. Those who feel valued are willing to take risks and share new ideas—employees who do not feel valued leave.

Culture Fit Involves Science and Psychology

Another misconception about culture fit hiring practices is that candidates are hired based on gut feelings. This is false. Culture fit uses psychology and science, not emotions to make hiring decisions. Through time, hiring managers have developed a proven method to hire employees who will fit with the culture.

To get the best employees into a workplace, hiring managers look at three measurements for culture fit. The first involves defining and measuring the values in the workplace. The second one looks at the values of the candidate through the same measurements used to gauge organizational values. The third includes comparing the candidate's values with the values of the workplace. Many employers also use a system of algorithms to make the decision foolproof.

ICS Knows Culture Fit

At Infinity Consulting Solutions (ICS), we understand the theory of culture fit. We can help employers find employees who mesh with their values and culture. If you are looking for candidates to maintain diversity in the workplace, let us introduce you to talents who can nurture your workplace culture. Just click the image below to get started!

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