By: Amanda Azzarelli

While trying to find a career that is best suited for you, you are probably focused on a few specific factors. Salary, benefits, commute, job title and responsibilities are likely at the top of your priority list. While all of these are very important aspects of a career, you may be forgetting a determining factor of your workplace satisfaction: organizational culture.

According to, organizational culture is defined as the values and behaviors that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization. This includes attitudes, beliefs, customs and rules.

Organizational culture has a direct impact on job performance. If you consider your company’s culture positive, you are likely to feel engaged and motivated. With the average American adult who has a full-time job spending about 47 hours a week at work, finding a culture you feel comfortable in should be a main priority.

Organizational culture is what led me to AKHIA. Now that I have been with the agency for a few months, I would like to share some of my favorite aspects of AKHIA’s culture.

Culture Committee
AKHIA takes culture seriously. So seriously, in fact, there is a committee focused on maintaining and enhancing it. The members of the Culture Committee plan events for birthdays, holidays and so much more. Just last week, we celebrated Employee Appreciation Day with a surprise trip to an indoor trampoline park. Let me tell you, nothing builds camaraderie like seeing the nostalgia in your coworkers’ eyes as they fly through the air.

Dog-Friendly Workplace
As I was walking down the hall my first week at AKHIA, I turned around to find a new furry friend following me. I later found out that it is not uncommon for employees to bring their pets to the office. Taking a short break from work to pet a puppy has to be one of the best ways to get rid of stress and enhance productivity.

Client Focus
AKHIA’s mission is to “Serve our clients beyond expectations, in everything we do.” This is at the heart of AKHIA’s culture, as everyone within the agency is constantly looking for new ways to make the clients happy. Every week, employees are challenged to “surprise and delight” a client in a different way. AKHIA’s focus on its clients is what makes the agency truly special.

Sense of Humor
The nerves I felt as I waited in the lobby for my interview were immediately swept away when I was greeted with some lighthearted jokes. This sense of humor is present in the agency every day, through silly all-agency email threads and jokes over the PA system. My favorite display of AKHIA’s sense of humor was the addition of two new staff members: Flat Janley and Flat Benly. These cardboard cutouts of the CEO and President are constantly causing chaos on business trips or jumping alongside us at the trampoline park.

As you continue on in your job search, be sure to consider the importance of organizational culture. Remember, you’ll be spending more time with your coworkers than you do your own family. Explore each company’s organizational culture to see if it is a good fit for you!

What are you looking for in a company’s organizational culture?