An interview published in NY Times on the 9th of Jan with CEO of Zappos.com, Tony Hsieh reminded me of how much really company culture is important when you're trying to decide if a company is right for you or not. There are of course other factors, one of them undoubtedly being the salary, but I've been in situations where the salary only is not something that would keep you happy and motivated at all times.
Mr. Hsieh goes on to explain some of the questions and hiring methods they use at Zappos when interviewing potential candidates. One thing I really like about their approach is that they really want to get to know their candidates personally first. They do this by inviting them to drinks after work, or to one of their weekend barbecues. They do concentrate on your technical skills but they also give great value to your personal communications skills and your level of weirdness (sounds cool huh?).
Anyway, definitely something that HR people and Managers should pay attention to. I would definitely love to work in an environment where I ll be able to decorate the conference room in the office the way I like it, or have my say in the 10 core values that define the company and it's employees. That's what I call bringing company culture to another level.
I've noticed that many Managers are missing this, but it's also the small things that matter when it comes to keeping your employees happy.