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Corporate Culture Important to Prospective Employees


Creating a positive corporate culture is top of mind for employers looking to recruit and retain talent.

This is according to a study from global staffing firm Robert Half. The research examines why workplace culture is increasingly under the microscope; it's featured in a report, Organizational Culture: The Make-or-Break Factor in Hiring and Retention.

Key findings:

  • More than one-third of workers in the United States (35%) and Canada (40%) wouldn’t accept a job that was a perfect match if the corporate culture clashed.
  • Nine out of 10 U.S. (91%) and Canadian (90%) managers said a candidate’s fit with the organizational culture is equal to or more important than their skills and experience.
  • While a majority (58%) of workers across North America said their ideal corporate culture is supportive or team-oriented, most respondents (34%) described their company as traditional; 25% said team-oriented, 16% supportive, 13% innovative and 11% competitive.

“In today's competitive hiring environment, employers risk missing out on strong candidates if they don't promote what makes their organizational culture unique,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. “This research reinforces the notion that finding the right fit involves more than evaluating someone's qualifications and experience. There has to be a focus on what motivates that individual and the type of work environment in which they will thrive.”

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