Culture fit is an important aspect of employment for both employees and employers. Employees want to work for companies where they feel like they belong and fit in. A positive culture fit can provide a sense of community, purpose, and connection with coworkers, which can improve their job satisfaction. When employees align with a company’s values, beliefs, and mission, they feel that their work has meaning and purpose, which can lead to a greater sense of fulfillment. Additionally, a positive culture fit can offer opportunities for career growth and advancement, as employees who fit well with a company’s culture are more likely to succeed in their roles and be recognized for their contributions.

For employers, a positive culture fit is equally important. Employers want employees who can perform well in their roles and contribute to the success of the company. A positive culture fit can lead to better job performance, as employees are more likely to be engaged, motivated, and committed to their work. Additionally, when employees fit well with a company’s culture, they are less likely to leave the organization, reducing turnover and saving employers time and money spent on recruiting, onboarding, and training new hires. A positive culture fit can also lead to stronger teams, as employees who share similar values and work styles can collaborate more effectively and communicate more efficiently, leading to increased productivity, creativity, and innovation within the organization.

Our guest this time is Lauren Waters, Talent Experience Manager, Americas at  Xero, accounting software that provides tools for small businesses, accountants, and bookkeepers. Lauren understands the process of trying to land a job in the tech industry and has first-hand experience of what sticks and what doesn’t.

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Questions For Lauren Include:

  • How has the growth of the gig economy and more need for accounting software for start-ups over the past few years impacted Xero?
  • In September 2022 you moderated a panel at the Agility Reimagined Summit, held at Xero. The session was called Building a Connected and Supportive Culture in the Future of Work. It considered how we can ensure a connected, inclusive, and performance-oriented culture in a more tech-enabled and remote work environment. Tell our listeners about some of the issues the panel covered.
  • We have a sense of the cool culture at Xero through being involved in the awesome events you hosted in 2022 and talking with many members of your team. Why do you believe it’s important that candidates demonstrate they care about culture fit with a potential employer’s brand? What can aligned values do for employee engagement and productivity levels?