An organization is only as good as its people. So, when a business hires new people, it must look for specific things that will enhance the business as a whole. Of course, new recruits must have relevant experience and knowledge. But perhaps even more important than that is what makes that potential hire click. What motivates them in life and in work? And are these motivations commensurate with the existing company culture?
At Leadership Resources, we include our values in our job requirements. This way, we can attract individuals whose values and core motivations align with those we’ve set forth. Let’s further examine why we do this, and why every organization should hire with culture and values in mind.
Roots and Branches
A good entry point to understanding the importance of this hiring practice is to use the analogy of a tree. On one end of the tree are the roots, and on the opposite end are branches. Workplace culture is akin to the roots, the stability and sustenance of the organization. When all else is in question, those values remain firm and rooted.
On the other end, the branches are always reaching out. Likewise, a business should always seek new directions, ideas, and influences. However, the roots must remain intact for this to occur. The roots feed upward to the branches. In other words, an organization must aim to grow without sacrificing its core values. Indeed, the only way it can grow and is by keeping these values in mind every step of the way. When hiring new team members, you should keep this analogy in mind. Will this person contribute to the strength of the roots so the branches can continue reaching?
Knowing When and How to Change Company Culture
This might sound counterintuitive to the previous point, but sometimes the roots need to be reexamined and shifted for an organization to progress. When this happens, it’s crucial to know how to change company culture carefully without undoing past progress. Values must be firm, then, but flexible enough to be made better and stronger than before.
So, when a business looks to hire people with matching values and core motivations, included in these motivations must be a desire and willingness to improve the organizational culture and leadership when necessary. At Leadership Resources, this falls under our core values of Continuous Development and Authenticity. Leaders must be vocal about their concerns and ready to make changes with confidence and clarity when the time comes. This applies to any business, large or small.
A business has a lot to consider when looking for new hires. Few candidates will perfectly fit every requirement and preference laid out in the application. However, some candidates will stand out in specific areas related to the company’s core values. These are the people you’re looking for. Without them, the roots may rot and the branches will cease to grow.
At Leadership Resources, our purpose is making the impossible possible through people. We aim to do so by helping individuals develop patterns of success that will decrease stress levels and maximize productivity. For more information on what we do and who we are at Leadership Resources, contact us here.