Matching people and organizations: the cultural fit.

Matching people and organizations, creating a cultural fit within an organization is an important aspect to be a thriving company.

The digital age brings many advantages. The Internet, software, computers and smartphones are just a few examples. These applications facilitate the life of today’s people. They allow us to access, consult and share data at any time. We can communicate with each other at any time and be connected. Working remotely has never been easier. But what does this have to do with your organization and the cultural fit? 

Technology has gradually made us humans forget that we are in fact mammals. More specifically, group animals that work well together and interact in order to survive. Technology ensures that this is a bygone era. Humans are more connected than they used to be but still generally think more individualistically. Yet today’s humans still belong to families, groups, organizations and nations. Cultural fit is the commitment between a person and an organization based on personality and group culture.

What does this mean for your organization?

Look at your organization from a different perspective. For a moment, look at it not as a team of professionals whose combined expertise adds value to their industry but rather as a group lost in the wilderness. Once you’ve done this, the other questions arise. What kind of biotope are we in? What materials do we need? What dangers are around us? Etc,… These are the external group factors.  

Then we have the group questions. Who is in the group? Who can do what, and how good is he or she at their expertise? But most importantly, can I trust in this person? Does this person work as much as me? Can he or she handle changeable situations? What mindset and attitude does this person have?…. And ultimately, is this group going to make sure I survive?  

The group

In order for a group to work well together and ultimately survive, it is important for the group to trust the people in it and vice versa. Knowing and trusting each other is the essence.

How do I map who is in my group? There are 4 key indicators:

  1. What is his/her relationship with others? ( introvert or extrovert)
  2. How are his/her decisions made? ( instinctive or rather rational?)
  3. How does he/she handle and obtain information? ( rather practical or rather creative)
  4. How organized is he/she? ( disciplined or rather chaotic?)  

Only when you can answer these questions will you understand who you really have on your team.

So how do I know who we are looking for to join the group?

It is very important to first get to know your current group already. Then, of course, the question is whether you want to get more dynamics in the group or not. You need to know what your goal is with the group and why you want to hire a person. 

Or to go back to the lost group from earlier, there is no point in having 10 people with the mentality of a hunter if there are not enough animals to hunt or not enough mouths to feed. Then it would be better to bring in some gatherers who would like to pick berries. This is undoubtedly more ecological. Of course, the hunters will join you in picking berries but this will soon bore them and they will end up occupying themselves with everything but berry picking. So it is essential to know what your organization really needs rather than thinks it needs.

In an nutshell

Cultural fit is the commitment between a person and an organization based on personality and group culture.

One can speak of a perfect cultural fit when both the organization and the people in it can complement and complete each other’s needs. In this way they are an added value for each other. As soon as the needs change, there is a chance that you will have to reconsider what the perfect cultural fit is.

Are you facing the challenge to make a match between your employees and your organization? Do you have more questions about this blog; Matching people and organizations: the cultural fit? Please feel free to contact us. We are happy to make time to listen to your story. 

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