How to Use Your Organisational Culture to Hire the Right Employees

Culture misfit is one of the Key reason employees are not performing. It is like asking a 100m sprint runner to run a 42km full marathon, metaphorically. The Human Resource department must look deeper into such issue before they contribute future to the employee turnover rate. Photo by Tim Gouw

Posted by Don (oct 15,2019)

Worst workplace culture you could be in, based on your behaviour type.

Have you ever wondered how your behaviour type can dictate your performance at work, your success in achieving your professional goals, and even the likelihood of earning a salary increase or being promoted? There are many factors that can contribute to work performance, including the tasks of the job and the workplace culture itself, but in order to really tap into how your traits can influence your performance, it’s critical to first look at how your unique characteristics can be contributing to your working style and the satisfaction you derive from your job. Your behaviour profile will give you the insight into areas you can improve or changes that can be made to optimize your professional life.

Four general personality types make up the DISC profile of personality. DISC is an acronym that stands for: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Compliance. People typically display a combination of these four behaviour types with some characteristics being stronger or more significant than others, but the traits that are unique to you are very telling when it comes to your work performance. Understanding your DISC profile and being open to implementing changes to maximize your areas of strength takes a lot of self-awareness, flexibility, and willingness to grow and develop professionally. If you’re prepared to take this critical step in your career, read on to learn more about the top 4 reasons why you may not be performing at work.

Type 1: Dominance in a Society culture

Is your culture clannish? Do you like the 'Do things together' approach where everybody gets involved in everybody's business? Are coaching, mentoring, nurturing and supporting the most important focal points of your organisation? If this is your style and you wanted to hire one person between two fantastic individuals with similar skill sets, hiring the person from a communal background may be favourable to your work culture over hiring the other person whose self-dependence background may favour independent work (except you find yourself an independent worker who understands and readily embraces the society culture type). An independent will prefer to work in isolation, shy away from team tasks and actively prevent people from getting in his business behaviours that are contradictory to the cultural values of society work cultures.

Type 2: Influence in a Compliant culture

If you are high in Influence, you tend to be enthusiastic, persuasive, outgoing, optimistic, and energetic. You enjoy receiving social recognition for your accomplishments, and you don’t feel fulfilled at work unless you can apply your creativity and leadership skills. A lack of productive work performance can occur if you are working in a solitary environment with limited interaction with others and with little room for growth. Besides, you are likely not detail-oriented, and you tend to be somewhat disorganized; therefore, administrative jobs or repetitive tasks will make you feel stuck and uninspired, leading to poor performance. Work environments that provide variety throughout your day along with unexpected challenges will allow you to utilize your excellent problem-solving abilities. You would also excel in roles where you can give back, mentor, or train others, as you thrive on social acceptance and aligning people.

Type 3: Steadiness in an Innovative culture

If you are high in steadiness, you are a good listener, enjoy working with others, and you feel most comfortable with sameness and structure. You may tend to resist change, as you are typically indecisive; therefore, shifts in roles and expectations can threaten your need for safety and security. Your work performance can suffer in high-stress roles and tasks that are continually changing. You like to make those around you happy, which is the reason you tend to be agreeable and sometimes too accommodating towards others; however, your loyalty makes you an excellent and committed worker. You would excel in environments where you can follow a schedule and work alongside others with enough independence so that you can focus on your performance and minimize distractions.

Type 4: Compliance in Driver culture

Being high in compliance means that you only deliver the highest quality work and set the utmost standards for your work performance. You are an analytical and detail- centric fact-finder, and you tend to work slowly and meticulously to prevent any error or oversight. Your perfectionism allows you to deliver excellent results; therefore, you would thrive in work environments with little to no time constraints that will enable you the freedom to develop your ideas and outputs. Since you do not settle for less than the best, work environments that require you to collaborate with others are not ideal, as you tend to not only be critical towards yourself but of others as well. Teamwork would likely slow down your progress and create conflict.