Are you the right fit?: Part Two

Fit is ever important for long term success in the workplace…Do you fit?

How we relate with those we work with is critical to job success.  How we perceive our place and fit within an organization is as important as the skill sets we bring into the organization. In part 1 of this series by Michigan State University Extension we discussed the challenge of employee satisfaction.  In this part we will discuss some potential solutions and best practices to overcome these challenges.

When an employee’s beliefs and value systems differ greatly from the mission of the organization for which they work, it becomes a dilemma of how to handle the situation.  As mentioned in Part 1, the choices are:

  1. Move on to another organization;
  2. Be a change agent within the organization;
  3. Be willing to change their beliefs to fulfill the needs of the organization
  4. Or a combination or progression of the above items

These options are different for everyone and are not an exhaustive list.  Typically, the organization will not change.  The larger the organization, the less likely that ideology and culture will change, unless directed from the top, therefore, an open minded discussion to consult with one’s supervisor could be a great start in the process.  If all else fails, it may be time to seek employment with an organization for which the employee may enjoy a better fit.

Therefore, it leaves two glaring options to consider:  Leave or Adjust—-this is personal choice based on ones values.  Typically, the employee may adjust for a period of time, however, if they have strong belief in their personal values, then it is inevitable that they will eventually leave the organization, either by choice or by force.

Not sure which option to choose?  Perhaps consider these articles from the web: 

A good article to look at could be “14 Signs It’s Time to Leave Your Job” by Jacquelyn Smith as posted on Forbes.com.  Lastly, “When the Job Isn’t What You Expected”  by Allyson Doyle as posted on About Careers.

Sometimes, employees or employers just don’t fit and don’t work out.  But in most circumstances, the levels of dissatisfaction, reduced production, and eventual vacation of the position is often attributed to the environment for which one works within.  Being sensitive to a good fit, from both the employer and employee perspective, can be helpful in ensuring long term success for both.

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