One of the best times to get someone to change jobs is in the first three months of a new one.
Anthony Tomkins of Birmingham headhunters Charles Fellowes Resourcing said when employees change firms, they moved with a solid set of preconceptions regarding how their future job would work out.
But all too often their hopes were dashed because they failed to recognise the factor governing every successful job move - corporate culture.
Mr Tomkins said researching a future work environment was crucial to job satisfaction. The trouble was that organisational culture could be hard to assess, especially based only on a brief meeting.
He believes it was not enough to rely on intuition, which was the mistake that interviewees often made. Employees, he advised, should adopt a much more structured approach to assessing company culture if a vision of career success was to be fulfilled.
'There are a number of key areas to scrutinise,' said Mr Tomkins. 'These can be categorised under the rather formal headings of strategy, systems, style, staff and structure.
'In assessing company culture, the strategy of the employer is generally highlighted in the mission statement or vision. Ask to see it, but remember that such statements are often aspirational, so question how well the firm feels it achieves its aims.'
According to Mr Tomkins, the style of the firm is obvious from tangibles such as logos, literature, the corporate website and the way people dress and talk to each other. …