Culture Addition

I’ve always had an issue with the term “culture fit,” but I haven’t been able to put my thoughts into words in the same way Elyse and Kevin were able to in this excellent interview with Tobias van Schneider:

… I’m not a huge fan of the term "culture fit." It implies that culture is a thing that should be protected and that there’s a specific mold you have to fit into, which simply isn’t true. So instead, we’ve been calling it "culture addition."

I’ve gotten into many heated discussions about whether or not a company should focus on culture, or if "culture fit" shouldn’t matter so long as they are good at what they do. The reason I like Shopify’s use of the term “cultural addition” is because it promotes and embraces change. I’ve seen too many qualified candidates go by the wayside, because they didn’t fit into someone’s perfect mold: socially and professionally. If you want to know how the tech industry has gotten so screwed up, take a look at the hiring patterns of companies you hear stories about. By continually hiring someone just like you, you are unknowingly cultivating a group of same-minded people, and when a serious issue comes up, you won’t know about it until it’s too late.