The 7 Pillars of Job Satisfaction

Whether you absolutely love your current job or you are actively looking for a new one, you need to know how to evaluate it correctly. These seven factors determine how well your job fits your life plans and how much you enjoy your work.

Favorite Skills

What activity, interest, or hobby do you love spending time doing? If money were no object, how would you choose to spend your time?

Most Important Values

What kind of work is the best fit for your character or your code of ethics? What is most important to you? Is there a particular cause or mission you’d like to work towards?

Areas of Fascination

What fields have always interested you? Where is your passion? Follow that and success will most likely follow.

Favorite People to Work With

What kind of people do you like to work with or spend time with? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Do you prefer to be a part of a team or an independent contributor?

Preferred Working Conditions

What is your favorite work environment? Do you enjoy working with a strict deadline or a more laissez-faire pace in the office?

Responsibility and Compensation

How much responsibility and importance are you willing to accept? The idea that more responsibility leads to a higher compensation isn’t true in all cases. However, it’s a useful indicator of the salary range you can expect.

Ideal Place to Live and Work

Where do you love to spend your life? Are you a city-dweller or do you prefer a mountain retreat?

Evaluating your current role using these seven factors will tell you a lot about where you are in your career. Wherever you find yourself, our team of career experts will always be here to coach, guide, and ensure that you’re getting the absolute best career opportunities available.


12 Factors That Make Up Your Corporate Culture

What’s Your Corporate Culture Made Of?

Factors That Make Up Your Corporate Culture

The 12 factors illustrated above make up the unique culture of every business. Some factors may play a critical role in the day-to-day activities of your business, while others don’t come into play as often. If you want to have a comprehensive understanding of your corporate culture (and how to use it to attract top talent) you have to evaluate what that culture is made of.


Culture starts at the top. Your CEO is responsible for setting the tone for your entire organization.


Your culture is shaped by your corporate strategy. The unique mix of business strategies employed by your company makes an indelible mark on your culture. The four chief business strategies are:

1) Operational Performance

2) Product Excellence

3) Market Growth

4) Financial Maximization


A start-up will have a very different culture than a Fortune 500 company. Where you are in the life-cycle of your business plays a big role.


All businesses compete for something. It could be sales, recruits, investment dollars, or market share. The prize you covet says a lot about your culture.


The ebbs and flows of the industry you’re in make a huge difference. In the promotional products world, the summer is slow and we’re scrambling for holiday orders in the fall.


Sitting on a ton of cash or barely scraping by? The resources that you have (or don’t have) make your company what it is.


Is your company open to change? Creating change is hard enough without internal obstacles. With them, it’s nearly impossible.


Great managers build great teams, perform when it counts, and develop the new talent needed to grow. Lousy ones just collect a paycheck and bug you about TPS reports.


Are you hiring the right people? Can they excel in your business? Making hiring mistakes is very expensive and damages company morale.


What capacity do you have for change? Can it be rapid or does it have to be slow? Planning processes dictate how flexible your business can be both now and in the future.


Are things on track or are you behind where you expected to be? How do you respond when things fall behind? In our experience, this is the critical deciding factor of what you’re corporate culture is.


Is your business driven by deadlines or is it more casual? It takes a certain person to thrive under a deadline. Hire carefully.

For more information on corporate culture read our articles on “The 3 Questions That Determine Cultural Fit” and “How To Maintain Your Company Culture While Hiring”.