Have you ever had that feeling that you really do not fit within the culture of your organisation?

Working within a culture that is not right for you, reduces your ‘power’, which can be defined as ‘the possible sources of individual power that give one the ability to influence others’ (Handy, C. (1993) and can lead to lack of confidence, low self-esteem and extreme stress.

Charles Handy (1993) refers to organisational culture as atmosphere, ways of doing things, levels of energy and levels of individual freedom and he suggested four culture types (the power culture; the task culture; the role culture and the person culture)

Bill Taylor (April, 10, 2017) wrote in Harvard Business Review about 4 kinds of workplace, and how to know which is best for you. A set of 16 questions will help you define what works for you.

Ensuring the culture of the organisation is a good fit with our values and ways of working will increase motivation and engagement in our roles and provide that sense of personal power and confidence that is required for high performance.

Find out more about how you can create the perfect ‘match’ and what to look out for when applying for your next role.