Recently I was sent a link to Erika Anderson’s Forbes article about the “Most Important Reason People Fail In A New Job.” Her answer, in a nutshell: they don’t fit in to the established culture.

For some, culture may feel too touchy feely or intangible. But no matter where you work, culture exists. Prescribed expectations and behaviors are hardwired in. Unspoken rules are at play. They function like a strong current beneath the waves, defining the “right and wrong” ways to be.

A number of consulting companies help organizations quantify their culture and identify people who will fit in. If a service like this seems like a luxury to you, consider how much turnover and interpersonal conflict impacts your company’s productivity. And, above all, to fit and facilitate your own success, look around your workplace and notice what gets rewarded.

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