Studies show that happy employees are 12% more productive. But what makes an employee happy?

Happiness can be cultivated by workplace culture, which is essentially the personality of an organization. Company culture is influenced by an organization’s leadership, employees, mission, values, ethics, expectations, and goals. It is shaped by significant factors like compensation and benefits to seemingly small influencers like dress code and office decorations.

At Metis, workplace culture is central to our work. As a Certified B Corporation, our company meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. …

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) poses the question: How can companies contribute to a good society through ethical business practices?

CSR is defined as, “Management’s obligation to make choices and take actions that will contribute to the welfare and interests of society as well as the organization.” While being a good company may seem simple, CSR is rather complex. When considering what actions improve society, different people inevitably have different beliefs. This makes CSR look different from company to company.

At Metis Consulting Group, our definition of CSR aligns with the mission of B Lab, a nonprofit that believes in using…

Ben and Jerry’s once created a sundae weighing 27,102 pounds.

That’s quite impressive, but what’s more impressive is that Ben and Jerry’s, a well-known multinational for-profit enterprise, is also a Certified B Corporation® (B Corp).

What does it mean to be a Certified B Corporation?

According to the community of Certified B Corporations, “B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab® to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.”

If you’re familiar with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), or a corporation’s environmental and social initiatives, you have a basic understanding of the values that Certified B Corporations embody. …

By this point, you know what you want from an employer, you have reflected on your professional values, and you realize how important it is to research the companies you are considering. But how do you determine if a company is a good fit for you?

If you end up in a job you don’t love, it can quickly become draining and toxic. That’s why it’s important to determine cultural fit. Before you accept a position, you need to figure out whether the company is a place you can thrive.

In addition to checking out a company’s social media accounts…

After reading the first article in this series on How to figure out what you want from an employer, you know how important it is to reflect on what you need to be happy in a job. Your values, or the principles and standards you live by, can help you determine what is important in life.

There are many factors that contribute to employee satisfaction, including the congruence of company values and personal values. So, what are your values?

Values That Influence Your Job Search

There are several types of values to consider as you search for a new job…

If you’ve ever applied for a position, you know the job search is a time-consuming process. From tricky interview questions to drawn-out hiring processes, it can be tempting to accept the first half-decent job offer you receive. But rash decisions can leave you unsatisfied in a job you don’t enjoy.

To find a company where you can truly thrive, you need to consider cultural fit (i.e. person-organization fit). Cultural fit exists when there is congruence between the norms and values of the organization and those of the person. …

About 3.1 million people quit their jobs in February 2017.

While people quit for a variety of reasons, many people are simply unsatisfied with their work. In fact, according to a 2016 survey, nearly half of all US workers (49.4%) are unsatisfied with their jobs.

Companies can no longer just be companies. If a company only cares about its bottom line, employees will quickly search for a position elsewhere.

Why is this? And how do you find a job with a company that not only cares about you, but also about the environment and community?

According to research published by…

Metis Consulting Group

Metis is a New York-based IT consulting firm specializing in data-driven, enterprise-wide Internet and Intranet software applications.

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