Dear Job Doctor, what are the reasons behind people changing jobs in Luxembourg?

We discussed in previous columns that the most common reasons for considering changing employers were the ‘relationship with manager’, ‘new challenge/opportunity’, and 'work-life balance'.

The others include: ‘company culture/values’, ‘better pay or conditions’ and ‘job security’.

Today I will address ‘company culture/values’.

Culture is commonly defined as the character and personality of an organisation, that includes values, beliefs, traditions, interactions, attitudes and behaviours.

There are many different company cultures in Luxembourg. For example, those that have a complex hierarchy to those with a flat structure and those that prioritise continual feedback to those with a rigid performance review. Their maybe an official language within a company which may differ from the common language used to interact with each other, this can play an important factor for integration.

Employees career choices can be determined by Company Culture alone.

Leadership is one of the most important pieces within a Company Culture. Afterall the Leader’s character and personality reflects that of the organisation and often times when the Leadership changes so does the culture. The impact can be felt so quickly through informal communication that it is common to see high turnover of staff within the first few months of a change of Leadership.


It’s important to note that ‘Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)’ is beginning to play a more dominant role and is set to become a competitive advantage when it comes to engaging and attracting talent. I don’t think it will be too long before recruiters and HR are asked what the company’s ESG credentials are.

Identifying the right culture for you

It’s important to first understand what you want. Consider managers, peers and colleagues you liked working with in the past, what characteristics and personality traits were common. Identifying these will help guide you selecting the right company.

Ask questions

Discover what makes a successful employee within the company, what their performance review processes is, the tenure of current employees and what employees like best about the company. Asking the same questions to different people throughout the interview process can help you make a better and informed decision.

If you are working with a recruitment consultant, ask them how long they have been working with the company and what has been their experience with the last people that were hired, maybe you could speak with one of them in confidence?

Luxembourg is small enough for you to take out your own references on an organisation, although it is important to have more factual than anecdotal evidence to back up what might be a subjective evaluation.

Darren Robinson is the Managing Partner at Anderson Wise, an independent local recruitment firm in Luxembourg.