More Than One-Third Of Workers Would Pass On Perfect Job If Corporate Culture Was Not A Fit, Survey Finds

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MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 27, 2018 – 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:

Both job seekers and employers place importance on corporate culture fit.

  • 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.

View an infographic about organizational culture.

“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.”

“But the conversation shouldn’t end with recruitment efforts,” 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.”

About the Research
The online surveys were developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 1,000 U.S. and more than 500 Canadian workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments, and more than 5,500 U.S. and more than 1,200 Canadian senior managers at companies with 20 more employees.

About Robert Half
Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. The company has more than 300 staffing locations worldwide and offers job search services at roberthalf.com. For additional career and management advice, visit the Robert Half blog at roberthalf.com/blog.