Your Work Environment: Big Questions For The Downturn

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    Dec 05, 2009 6:11 PM GMT
    Within your work environment do you find people gravitating toward similar people? Do you think promotions are based on the practice of this or are promotions truly based on merit?

    If you do not see this occur in your work environment, do you think hires are based on testable cognitive abilities and verifiable skillsets?

    Did your employer hire based on "cultural fit"? Do you believe you are a good "cultural fit" within your organization?
  • masculumpedes

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    Dec 05, 2009 6:14 PM GMT
    In my work environment, promotions are based on ability and merit. I mean, of course I am closer to some of my employees than others, but when it comes to promotions and so on...I have to keep an objective viewpoint.icon_smile.gif
  • DCEric

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    Dec 05, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
    malefeet saidIn my work environment, promotions are based on ability and merit. I mean, of course I am closer to some of my employees than others, but when it comes to promotions and so on...I have to keep an objective viewpoint.icon_smile.gif


    I want to work somewhere that promotes on merit. Well, they do promote on merit, but it has nothing to do with job performance, and apparently I don't have any ass kissing skills.
  • masculumpedes

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    Dec 05, 2009 9:45 PM GMT
    DCEric saidI don't have any ass kissing skills.


    ...and you don't need them with me....handsome icon_wink.gif
  • jgymnast733

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    Dec 05, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
    twomack saidWithin your work environment do you find people gravitating toward similar people? Do you think promotions are based on the practice of this or are promotions truly based on merit?

    If you do not see this occur in your work environment, do you think hires are based on testable cognitive abilities and verifiable skillsets?

    Did your employer hire based on "cultural fit"? Do you believe you are a good "cultural fit" within your organization?

    Cultural Fit????????????????????
    I was hired because i'm damn good at what i do!!!!!!!!!!
    My employer snatched me away from the competition once they heard about my work through word of mouth in this industry.....
    My employer does a great job in hiring just the right people,we're all willing to pitch in and help each other if needed,plus everyone gets along so well..
    We're the best of the best [ according to our CEO and JD power ] plus we reflect the beauty of the entire world.........
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    Dec 05, 2009 10:22 PM GMT
    I have used headhunters to bring in Sr Managers, however, culture is paramount at my place of work. (family owned and controlled multi-national) Skills get you in the door, but relationships keep you in.
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    Dec 06, 2009 12:07 AM GMT
    I work in academia, where promotions should be about the papers you've written and the impact they may have had; the grant money you have brought in; and student supervision.

    We all have our strengths and weaknesses, which is why you work with other people. People do gravitate to others, and that is in part because they want to get ahead. For example, I'm not senior enough to bring in a large grant for which I have an idea, but if I put a professor on it, then its chances of becoming successful become higher. If I dont get the grant, I dont have a job and I cant get a promotion.

    As for cultural fit, well, I'd like to think I got employed initially because I was the best candidate, and I've been able to sustain my position because I'm good at what I do.
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    Dec 06, 2009 12:43 AM GMT
    RST2009 saidI have used headhunters to bring in Sr Managers, however, culture is paramount at my place of work. (family owned and controlled multi-national) Skills get you in the door, but relationships keep you in.


    Can you explain, "culture is paramount at my place of work" further?

    Thanks.
  • Webster666

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    Dec 06, 2009 3:08 AM GMT
    Employers are looking for someone with a Bachelor's Degree (in anything) and many years of experience doing the exact same type of job for which you are interviewing.