When I hire new people, one of the key traits I look for is kindness. Delivering results is important, but if the person is toxic to the culture, the long term outlook won't be so good. There are loads of people in business who produce great results and are kind too.
Culture and reputation are paramount for attracting top talent. Candidates don’t make their decisions of who to work for based solely on brand name and salary.
One mistake people often make is chasing career opportunities based on the company’s brand. But a company is a group of people, and It’s the people that will determine your experience, learning and enjoyment. With the right people you can do incredible things, with the wrong people you can quickly hate going to work. The perks of free food, unlimited holidays and roof top yoga are nice, but if the people and culture aren't right for you, it won't be much fun.
The future of work is one of the most interesting topics of the next few years. It will be fascinating to see how many new opportunities and jobs are created.
I've recently come to realise just how many people are trying to find work that offers flexibility. It's now amongst one of the top things candidates are asking for. What's been the most surprising is how many men would like to find a role with flexibility, and that might even have decent paternity leave. Success for men used to be: get a good job, support the family, and don't get divorced. It seems evident that for many men this has been changing quickly, with many looking for jobs with flexibility so their partners can also build the career they want.