Are you dragging your heels on days you have to go into the office and doing the bare minimum to get by? If you are, you’re not alone: searches for “burnout symptoms” in the UK saw a 260 per cent increase from 2016 to 2020, and a further 260 per cent increase between 2020 and 2021.
In addition, according to research commissioned by LumApps, 88 per cent of UK employees have experienced at least some level of burnout during the pandemic. A third of workers say they frequently suffer from physical and mental exhaustion due to workplace pressures, with eight in ten saying that a lack of work-life balance is the largest contributor.
A lack of support and guidance affects 73 per cent of workers, and a lack of purpose-driven work is the leading cause of burnout for 69 per cent. Much of this can be pinned onto how companies manage their culture. If employee wellbeing isn’t a priority, or attitudes coming from the C-suite prioritise profit over people, then that will inevitably trickle down to an individual level, and result in stress, disengagement and quitting.
When we talk about culture at work, we’re really talking about culture fit. After all, some people thrive in competitive, fast-paced environments where they are more or less left to their own devices, whereas for others, that is anathema.
Culture fit refers to the degree of alignment between your values, beliefs, behaviours, and attitudes with those of a particular organisation or company. In other words, it’s how well someone “fits in” with the culture of the company they work for.
It works both ways, too. Employers often do a culture fit round when evaluating job candidates to assess whether they would thrive in the company’s environment, share its values, and contribute to its success.
Companies with strong cultures tend to prioritise hiring individuals who are not only qualified for the job but also align with their culture and values.
However, it’s important to note that culture fit can sometimes lead to homogeneity within an organisation, which can limit diversity of thought and hinder innovation. Therefore, it’s also essential to balance culture fit with diversity and inclusion efforts to ensure a healthy and productive workplace.
Great places to work
When you think of a company with a great culture fit, you’re likely to immediately think of big tech companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google – all great at communicating their ethos, excellence and employee perks.
ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, has defined its company culture as “ByteStyles”, and says that it is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives.
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Hospitality company Airbnb values diversity and inclusion, with a number of employee resource groups on offer, such as Black@Airbnb and Women@Airbnb. These support underrepresented groups. Additionally, the company offers employees travel credits and sabbaticals to encourage exploration and personal growth.
Right now there is a senior connectivity partner manager job on offer. In this role you will accelerate connectivity partnerships to the next level. As a member of the key accounts team, you will manage partner relationships with strategic API connectivity partners, and be responsible for recruitment, enablement and optimisation of strategic partnerships.
Salesforce is another company that prioritises employee wellbeing and work-life balance. The company offers a range of benefits, such as health and wellness programs, seven days of paid volunteer time off, and flexible work arrangements.
If you’d like to work here, a technical/senior technical architect job is available. You’ll have an opportunity for flexible working arrangements, either full or part time, and will collaborate with customers and partners during project planning and implementation to share their extensive knowledge of the Salesforce platform and product suite to craft solutions.
Kirstie McDermott works for our job board partner, Jobbio. Based in Dublin, she has been a writer and editor across print and digital platforms for over 15 years.