By Ty Hendrickson
Firm culture. I recently saw an interesting post about culture on LinkedIn that got me thinking about this topic. Culture has become almost a buzzword in the accounting industry because firms are facing an incredibly competitive talent market combined with high expectations and long hours that come with this career choice. Firms are making a big deal out of building a culture that is a fun and balanced working environment in hopes of attracting and retaining the best talent, but unfortunately, the majority of firms are missing the mark.
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Let me let you in on a little secret, which was the exact point of the LinkedIn post I mentioned. The most attractive cultures are not the firms that have team events and mixers and other “fun events.” Fun is not what the top talent is looking for in a firm culture. In all reality, a fun culture with events is going to attract the opposite of the top talent you desire as a firm.