Someone Might Just be a bad Culture Fit, Too.

Someone Might Just be a bad Culture Fit, Too.

Last week, I shared an article and some of my own experiences around “culture fit” being a code for discrimination. We all know that is all too common, and an excuse for organizations to continue to hire “people like us”.

I saw another article over the weekend that reminded us that while that is common, there are some cases where someone is a bad cultural fit and there’s no discrimination involved.

Shared Links (weekly) July 16, 2023

Shared Links (weekly) July 16, 2023

Linked – Culture Fit – Another Way to Discriminate?

Linked – Culture Fit – Another Way to Discriminate?

There’s no simple answer here but I would look at how you define culture. There should be an organizational culture that includes diversity. Think more about “we value a variety of experiences and viewpoints” as opposed to “we like to work in a locker room environment” and then find the diverse group of people who “fit” your culture.

I will agree with Kevin on this though, “culture fit” is too frequently just code for people like me, and that needs to go away.

Linked – You don’t have a culture problem, you have a management problem

Linked – You don’t have a culture problem, you have a management problem

What I appreciate about the newsletter that I’ve linked below is that they go out of their way to point out how often we use language about a workplace culture that makes it seem like something we have no control over. It reminds me of the weather this time of year in South Louisiana. Everything we plan in the Summer is subject to the weather. An outdoor activity might get canceled because of storms, heat, hurricanes, etc. Weather events happen to us. We get no say.

That’s not what is happening in your workplace.

Well-being at Work Is More than Just Not Being Depressed

Well-being at Work Is More than Just Not Being Depressed

All of these things are interwoven. The people who work for you are human, that’s how we are. We aren’t just a worker for eight hours and then everything else for the rest of our time. We are human 24×7 and our wellbeing affects us in the workplace. The workplace also impacts our well-being.

Linked – I’m here, I’m queer and I have depression – but workplace support makes all the difference

Linked – I’m here, I’m queer and I have depression – but workplace support makes all the difference

The reality is that the labor force is diverse, and your employees are as well. There are also going to be a wide range of life issues that they are dealing with. Mental health is one of them, and based on the statistics, someone who works for you is dealing with some form of anxiety, depresssion or some other issue. Wouldn’t it be great, and help employee retention, if they were supported at work?