Snacks, a paid gym membership, private medical insurance, catering. All of these are great perks that make a potential job position more attractive. It’s great to not have to worry about cooking food for the next day when you get home tired after a day at work. It’s comfortable to have the security of private medical insurance and the convenience of a gym membership so you can workout and burn calories from the delicious snacks at the office.
Every day, more and more companies are implementing perks for their employees, competing with other companies to be the best place to work.
But in all honesty, what really makes a job the best job? And what makes a workplace the best place to work?
There is no doubt that the office environment plays a major role. HR departments go to great lengths to create a space where employees can feel at home and have all the tools they need to be successful. It’s also important to create a sense of camaraderie, where every employee feels welcome and encouraged to show up to the office to develop themselves as professionals and share their knowledge. In the end, having an HR team that truly cares about how you feel in the office leads to talent retention. It’s simple, humanistic, sociological math: if you are cared for, then you will care in return. However, the biggest perk of all isn’t tangible like a ping pong table or a catering service. In reality, the biggest perk of all is professional and personal growth, and this is one of the most important aspects of a healthy company culture.
Align your culture with your values
Benefits packages are not part of the company's culture, they are the result of it. Companies should define their values early on and make them visible throughout the company. I don't mean that they should have a plaque stating their values at the door, this doesn't actually mean anything. Their values should be instilled in the day to day life at the company. For example, at Admios one of our biggest values is fostering curiosity. A person that remains curious remains motivated to learn and therefore grow. Technology moves fast and it’s an area where you can never reach a point of knowing everything there is to know. Because of this, constant learning is not only important, but fundamental. At the Admios office we go out of our way to create and encourage constant learning. We’ve created knowledge sharing spaces like lunch talks where an employee can share a cool project they’ve been working on, a new framework they’re learning, or other new tips and tricks. We also pay for our staff to take courses and get certifications, as well as sponsor conferences they might be interested in. This year we’ve started hosting meet-ups to expand these knowledge sharing spaces with the outside community.
Through these efforts, curiosity is not only a word that is seen on a list of values in your Welcome Pack at orientation and training, curiosity is something that you can see every day in the way we work and move forward.
Align your hires with your culture
When it comes to hiring someone to join our team, we make sure the candidate goes through all the necessary filters, and one of the most important filters is the culture fit. English language proficiency and technical skills are the basic filters in our hiring process, but perhaps the hardest one to measure is whether or not the candidate would be a fit for the company on a more personal level. Many times this is something that can be defined in the first interview. We want candidates that align with our values who will be able to share the vision of the company. Why is this so important? Someone that is aligned with the values of the company is not only there for the salary but because they believe in the same things. When people believe in what they do, they work for growth, for curiosity, for passion. This lets us know that the candidate won’t leave the company two months into the job for an offer from a competitor with a $300 difference in salary. Values create loyalty.
In addition, it’s important that the onboarding team member will be an asset and a great contributor not only for the company but for the rest of the team. This person should be someone who the rest of your team can learn something from and are excited to work with. Going further, through that culture fit filter one should see if this person is driven by their passion for learning and becoming better at what they do. Oftentimes, it doesn't matter whether someone knows something or not, it’s their attitude towards the challenge that can be most telling. And, in the end, this can determine if they move forward in the hiring process or not.
Benefits are a result of the company's culture and that culture stems from the values of the company. These values should be seen through example, activities, attitude, challenges and more. Make sure your benefits are more than material perks that any other company can offer. When your employee grows professionally, so does your company and your business.