Determining whether or not a company’s in-house culture is right for you is never a straightforward process. While you may be able to gain a rudimentary insight into a company’s background, history, mission statement and even their future goals through a simple Internet search, developing a thorough knowledge of a company’s culture – including their daily protocol, mannerisms, technical jargon and performance expectations – is crucial to advancing to their top tier with any enterprise. With that in mind, there are a number of steps that anyone can take in order to find out more about their company’s purpose, motivation and culture.
Research the Company
The process of getting to know a company’s culture begins before you even step foot into their building. Given the popularity of the Internet today, most companies maintain some sort of online presence – even if this is through a social media site. As such, it’s not difficult to do a quick Internet search of a company beforehand. Take the time to review any online sites or profiles they do have and, if possible, read some feedback from past or current employees.
The Interview Process
After you’ve done your initial research of a company and you are ready for the interview, remember to continue the process. Don’t be afraid to ask specific questions, including those that relate specifically to their organization’s culture, expectations and employee relations. If you are being interviewed as a replacement for another individual, make an inquiry regarding their status. While specific information may not be given, simply knowing whether they were fired or left on their own accord will provide you with some further background information.
Tour the Facility
While this is sometimes given automatically at the conclusion of a successful interview, don’t be afraid to ask for a guided tour of your potential new workplace. Make sure to pay close attention to the facility, including any present workers, to try and gain a feel for the company early on in your relationship. Doing so can go a long way in cultivating a strong rapport with the company’s managerial figureheads.
Get To Know Your Teammates
You’ll really be able to get a feel for an organization’s culture once the interview is complete and you’ve been hired on. Don’t hesitate to take a strong, active approach to uncovering the internal culture of a company. Speak with your teammates, including any supervisory or managerial personnel, and ask them what they think of the work environment. They may be able to clue you into details that weren’t covered elsewhere, or even offer you some tips and tricks if you find it difficult to make the adjustment to your new position.
Participate in Extracurricular Activities
Participating in extracurricular activities offered through your new employer is a great way to gain a strong understanding of your teammates’ personas outside of work. Even group-oriented training programs and seminars can break up the monotony of the daily grind, which could be enough to allow teammates to open up to one another a little more. Recreational activities, such as company sports or other outings, can build these relationships even more effectively.
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