Many Employees Would You Pass on the Perfect Job If Corporate Culture Was Not a Fit, Robert Half Finds

Creating a positive corporate culture is top of mind for employers looking to recruit and retain talent, according to a new 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 U.S. (35 percent) and Canada (40 percent) wouldn’t accept a job that was a perfect match if the corporate culture clashed.
  • Nine out of 10 U.S. (91 percent) and Canadian (90 percent) managers said a candidate’s fit with the organizational culture is equal to or more important than their skills and experience.
  • While a majority of workers across North America said their ideal corporate culture is supportive or team-oriented, most described their company as traditional.

“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.

McDonald added. “To keep top performers, employers need to pay close attention to their corporate culture and continue nurturing and promoting those aspects of it that make their company a great place to work.”

This study adds to a growing trove of research showing that today’s workers – particularly millennials – care about more than salary and industry prestige in choosing whether to work at a particular company.

Whether its offering unconventional perks such as flex time or practicing corporate responsibility, successful companies will think outside the box if they wish to attract and retain top talent.

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