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What is the Culture You Want to be Part Of?

You are looking for a job. You have bills to pay; mortgage/rent cell phone cable TV, car loan, groceries, health care if you are not a military retiree with Champus. All rising. Welcome to America! But you will spend a lot of time at that job, so you may want to choose wisely. Alas, most companies seem to be badly run. (There are some military types who have posted on LinkedIn about “toxic managers” as well.) Trust me—these folks can ruin your quality of life. So when you interview the prospective “boss”—and you should—what would you look for? A well run company values its workers—all of them. And is listens to them—not only because it’s the decent thing to do, but because it is good business!

.” Alan Trefler of Pegasystems, “..as I have told so many employees over the years, “Don’t expect me to have all the answers, because I don’t. If you think I do, then we’re going to fail, because I need your thoughts and insights to solve this problem.” http://www.tlnt.com/2011/08/10/do-you-have-a-culture-where-you-value-your-employees-opinions/

“Once you tell everybody that it’s their job to have an informed opinion and, by the way, it had better not be the same opinion as everybody else’s, then you’re sharing some of that responsibility. And you obviously need to be able to listen if you’re going to actually hear those opinions… “http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/business/alan-trefler-of-pegasystems-on-valuing-employees-opinions.html?_r=1&ref=business

So how do you find this out, in your interview? One way to tell is to watch to see of the interviewer is really listening to you. I have taken many depositions, and “defended” many as well. (A deposition is a very formal interview,) Trust me, the lawyers asking all the questions are almost never really listening. It’s sad. How you can tell is they are looking down at their checklist, they are not making eye contact, and they just don’t seem interested. (They aren’t!)

Another way you can tell, of this seems to be a job you might have a serious shot at, is asking.  “How does this company assess (or gather or evaluate)   employee input to our mission? “How do we asses how well we are doing?” The type of business will make a difference to how you do this, but the companies that do the best (unbeknownst to the majority of “experts”( are the ones who give employees a stake in the business and listen to them. More on that next time! Meanwhile—ask!

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