Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important in the workplace. Failing to consider a person’s cultural fit can have negative consequences for both themselves as well as others around them; however, adding someone from another culture also requires consideration of their unique qualities that will help make your company more vibrant with different perspectives on problems faced by those working at companies across industries. Here’s how you do it:
The key differences between “culture fit” and “culture add”
I hear of culture fit, but what about the opposite? What happens when an employee doesn’t match their current organization? I know that might sound worse somehow – like they won’t be a good team player or something similar to make you feel better if it’s true. Well, no worries because this article will tell you about how often companies look for employees who can add value instead of by bringing new ideas into already established practices and processes.
Culture add is the idea that a new hire’s unique skills, abilities, and personality can enrich an already existing company culture. This means companies are not looking for people who have similar personalities but instead somebody to bring in their own perspective which will complement what exists within your team or workplace environment as well as satisfy some other need you might be experiencing too.
Hiring the right people is always a priority for any company, but it’s important to think about both culture fit and adding something unique too. Hiring someone who has contributed in their field of expertise can help your organization grow while also ensuring there isn’t an absence when you need them most- even if that means hiring two different types of profiles depending on what’s needed at the time.
The best way to promote acceptance and belonging is through a culture fit.
To promote diversity, organizations should use “culture fit” in a way that supports DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion). Instead of hiring someone just because they think and act alike as you or I do, it’s better if we take time to find out what their personality is like before deciding whether he/she will work well with everyone else on our team otherwise, there could be tension between different cultures which isn’t good for any business.
First, when hiring for the right role, utilize culture fit to ensure that you are bringing on a diverse set of employees. Can this new person do their job? Are they equipped with what it takes at entry-level and in training so we can build up skills as needed or will there be limits because only certain competencies would apply here? If the employee is not performing well, there’s a good chance that they could get demoted or even lose their job altogether.
Second, you need to be mindful of the cultural fit between an employee and their manager. Will this new person get along with others in-office? Is it possible they won’t like how things are done there or what type of work is expected from them at all times while also taking into account personality clashes which can happen even within well-meaning organizations because people have differences no matter where we come from (even though these might not seem major)? Diversity in the workplace is not just for show. Hiring more diverse talent and pairing them with a manager who has cultural competency can make new workers feel comfortable to express their ideas, which will ultimately get your team moving forward more smoothly than if they were left on their own devices.
Lastly, in order to bring in a successful new talent, it is important that they are well-suited for the team. What type of dynamics currently exist in this particular group? Are there healthy conversations and boundaries among employees or not enough conversation happening at all? Is everyone feeling safe standing up for themselves without fear of judgment from others who don’t agree with them about something – these types of questions can help determine if bringing someone onto your staff will be good or bad overall.
It’s not about being the same, it is more important that we understand and accept each other.
Now that the preparations have been made by finding a culture fit, we can move into the culture adds.
The definition of “culture fit” is antiquated and can be unconsciously communicated to candidates that they don’t belong. But, modernizing our perspective gives more safety for marginalized talent while improving an inclusive work environment with diverse perspectives on how things should or shouldn’t function in terms of qualifications needed from employees. The old way just doesn’t cut it anymore- we need a new language around culture fit because people are too different nowadays.
By combining both “culture fit” and “culture add” into the hiring process allows us here at MIT45 to bring new voices, shifting the power dynamic from the employer’s point of view. The result is a more diverse workspace that centers around employees’ contributions while overlooking or behaving similarly to one another. For information about MIT45 and their new merchants’ program, click here today.
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