A recent Forbes article lists “10 Signs That a Company Has a Serious Culture Problem” — though surprisingly, the article is not aimed at entrepreneurs looking to appraise their corporate standards, but rather it is aimed at job seekers zealous for finding a snug organizational fit. The article suggests that those seeking employment should be on the lookout for red flags about a potential employer’s corporate culture. “Aside from the unpleasantness, bad cultures are also bad for your career,” the article contends. “Successful people tend to work for winners, and a good culture has been shown to drive long term financial performance. Work for a happy place, and you’ll likely do better in life.” Now, in a new statement to the press, Apple veteran and high-spirited public speaker Michael Hageloh shares his own view on company culture and its role in the job application process.
“Many hiring managers talk about ‘organizational fit,’ which is important to the company because it ensures that it is hiring people who share their goals and values and will ultimately become integral team players,” Hageloh shares. “Organizational fit is also important for job seekers, however. If you and the company are not a good fit then you are not going to be happy there or find satisfaction in the long run.”
As for how job applicants can test the waters of a company’s culture, Hageloh says that many of the Forbes tips are practical and prudent. For example, the article suggests that applicants should be wary of any company that makes a “big deal” out of its Ping-Pong table. “If the company brags about some trivial signifier of ‘fun,’ it likely means that the company has a shallow and limited understanding of what healthy company culture truly is,” Hageloh remarks.
The level of cleanliness and organization in an office environment is also important. “A company with a healthy culture will try to facilitate productivity and collaboration, even through the physical work space,” Hageloh notes. “Take note of this when you go in for an interview.”
A major red flag is a company that does not talk about its culture at all. “A company should try to sell you on its culture,” Hageloh affirms. “If culture isn’t even mentioned, it’s because culture just isn’t seen as important.”
Ultimately, Hageloh says, job seekers should be aware of the culture they are buying into, and ensure that it is one in which they feel they can do satisfying and productive work.
More information about Michael Hageloh, including his views on company culture, can be found at his website, www.hageloh.com.
Serving as director of special projects focused on the sales education initiative at the University of South Florida, Michael Hageloh is a proven sales executive with more than 20 years of experience.
Much of that experience is with Apple Inc., where he began in the company’s education division in 1988. Hageloh moved into a crucial role within Apple’s sales organization. In that role, he developed a vertical education selling strategy and forged relationships with thought leaders, policymakers, and other influencers in the education and technology spheres. He also acquired experience in a key academic sales role at Adobe, where he facilitated, along with French banking and financial services firm Société Générale, a unique single licensing transaction valued at $11.7 million. Overall, Hageloh delivered close to a billion dollars in revenue during the course of his career.
Hageloh is the creator of the Rhythm-Selling System. He’s a high spirited author, a beat-ahead thinker, and a charismatic authentic talker. Hageloh can be contacted online via his website, www.hageloh.com, his Facebook page, and on Twitter.