What's More Important: Pay or Culture?
One is often why employees come, but the other is why employees stay.
How employees and managers are communicating—or not—can tell you something about a business’s culture. Culture begins at the top, with the business’s administration, and trickles throughout the company.

Customers can pick up on the vibe, too, and they can tell when a business’s culture is toxic. Perhaps there are small problems here and there which build up into larger issues. You might be wondering what’s more important, good pay or culture? The truth is, they’re both important. Here’s why.

Good Company Culture Leads to Positive Engagement
You might be passionate about what you do, but if you don’t feel encouraged or supported at work, you may begin to lose interest. When visiting a prospective employer, pay close attention to your instincts and note any red flags. According to a survey conducted by Denison Consulting, companies that exhibited low employee engagement also had very low company culture.

What’s Behind Good Company Culture?
Many retailers would agree that core values as well as standard operating procedures are the foundations of a positive company culture. Engaged team members are more likely to enjoy their work and to stick with it. In fact, most employers think employees leave because they aren’t satisfied with the pay, but only a small percentage resign for this reason. Most who leave are doing so because they just aren’t happy at work.

Seek a Supportive, Encouraging Workplace
If you aren’t happy at work, or if you’re looking for a new workplace, notice how employees interact when you visit a prospective employer. A business should have a strong foundation with a focus on teamwork. Feedback and discussion should be welcome. The business owner or owners should be demonstrating appreciation for his or her workforce, and encouraging a good work-life balance. While good pay is important, so is finding fulfillment—and truly enjoying what you do.