Businesses in nearly every industry have come to rely on contingent talent as specialists and flexible experts rather than temps who fill vacant seats during absences, seasonal demands or personnel transitions. With increasing frequency, we’re integrating these skilled contractors into our primary workforces. Yet, we still haven’t integrated them into our internal knowledge systems. And that’s a missed opportunity to tap into their intelligence and ideas, especially as the sharing economy’s[...]
Our work selves and our true selves were once two separate beings. We would put on our proverbial or literal uniforms and go about our job duties until the clock said it was time to go home. But these days, work has become a major part of our lives. Our jobs are a big reflection of who we are and what we value as individuals. Company culture is no longer a sociological phenomenon – it’s a way of work. Or rather, a way of life.
Values determine your organizational culture.
Here’s a reality check for the staffing industry: You can’t create a thriving culture without focusing on values. We frequently talk about the importance of cultural fit in strategic hiring initiatives. It’s a red-hot topic, partly because it ties together so many other aspects of a successful recruiting campaign: employee engagement, brand, team integration and much more. And yet we’ve also seen the darker side of cultural fit. This comes into play when hiring managers mistake familiarity and personal preferences for culture. Naturally, that lack of inclusion can lead to a homogeneous workforce where diverse perspectives and novel ideas seldom materialize. Values-based hiring is the secret to cultural fit.