The world as we knew it has changed. A quickly spreding virus named corona has forced governments around the world to shut down businesses, to close schools, and to block borders in order to save human lives. The healthcare workers and other employees in critical sectors are working around the clock while other people have been layed off from their jobs or are worried about losing their businesses. To many, the fear of getting or spreading the virus is causing stress and anxiety. An increasing number of people have lost a loved one or are fighting the disease themselves.
Several companies offer their employees something labeled as "team building activities", just look at almost any job advertisement or any company's social media feeds. These activities can vary from meals to happy hours to sports activities where the team spends time together outside of the workplace. After the event, the company posts pictures on their social media accounts to show others how much fun their employees have together, in hopes of attracting potential new talent.
Cultural fit is one of the main building blocks of employee happiness. Not even an above-average salary, free lunches, or other perks can make up for a poor fit between an employee's values and your company culture. In fact, when it comes to attracting and keeping the right people in the long-term, money alone is rarely the main factor.
I have never really understood the term "work-life balance". Why is work considered something separate from the rest of the important things in our lives? Am I not living my life during those 40+ hours that I spend in a workplace every single week?
Have you ever interviewed someone who seemed like the perfect fit for the job on paper but during the interview, you just didn't have the "feeling" with them? Maybe the candidate did everything right during the hiring process but your gut was telling you that something was off?
When we think about bullying, the first image that comes to mind is usually from the schoolyard, or lately even from the context of cyberbullying. However, bullying exists in workplaces, too, and it’s not that rare, either. In 2017, 19% of employees in the U.S. were being bullied in their workplaces, and another 19% were affected as witnesses.
Company culture is the combination of the shared values and behavior of the people working for the company. Some company cultures are intentionally built and others have developed on their own. The latter is especially the case in start-ups where the culture is often very closely attached to the character of the founder(s).