Why workplace culture is more than a buzzword

by Joe Carr

As a recruiter, I spend a considerable amount of my time on LinkedIn. Amongst all the great content there, one word jumps out at me more than any other: CULTURE.

So many companies now talk about “culture” that it’s almost become a trite word bandied about with no real meaning. ‘Oh, we have a great company culture.’ Well, how? How do you quantify your great culture? ‘We have a table tennis table in our office, bean bag chairs, and beer taps downstairs.’ Good for you, but I dislike table tennis, I’m getting too old to get out of a beanbag chair without injuring myself, and I have been teetotal for nearly four years!

There’s not a one-size-fits-all policy when it comes to workplace culture. So company culture has to be more about flexibility and looking at the individuals within it than appearing “hip,” because those happy individuals internally make happy clients on the back end.


Why it’s important to put employees first

There’s an old saying that the customer comes first, or the customer is always right—I disagree. The employees need to come first. Without a successfully motivated and satisfied workforce, there is no way the customers will be satisfied, because they aren’t getting the best out of the team working on their projects.

In any fast-paced tech environment, culture is becoming so vital due to the sheer demand for a very small pool of resources. People need to feel they’re part of something bigger to join or stay with your company because if it’s all based purely on salary, there are another 10–15 consultancies and product companies that can offer the same or more when it comes to the financials. People often spend more time working than they do with their immediate loved ones. So if companies can’t keep their employees happy and energized, united in their attainment of an end goal (for the individual and the company), then there’s an awful lot of competition waiting with sympathetic ears and open arms.


The effects of a positive work culture

I come to work every day with a smile on my face because I’m a firm believer in what Simplus is trying to achieve. I feel part of a bigger end goal, where I know that the work I do in finding and hiring the best talent (putting the largest emphasis on the individual, not on the product knowledge—something I’ll cover in the next blog post) is having a positive impact on the growth of the company and the level of satisfaction our clients have in our work.

I have a steadfast belief in my leadership team, and they allow me the flexibility to go out and produce because, surprise, I am an adult. No one checks in on me every five minutes, no one is micromanaging me, and yet help and guidance are there if I need them. And, in return, the best Joe turns up to work every day—passionate about what he is doing.

And that’s why I’m doing this blog series: to share some of the key aspects of a successful company culture that encourages happy employees like myself. We’re going to take a deep dive into company culture, what it means, and how to achieve it, as well as things you can do as employees and employers that will help you stand out and get ahead in an incredibly competitive tech environment. We’ll be looking at:

  • The Human Connection
  • Flexibility
  • The Importance of Specialization
  • Trust


That’s it for now; I’m off to play table tennis with Anthony from accounts.


Joe CarrJoe is the Simplus Recruiting Director, covering global QTC recruitment for Simplus. He is responsible for all international hiring outside of North America. He is a champion of #LifeMadeSimplus.