REPOST: Culture: Your Environment for People at Work

The kind of workplace culture is an extremely important determinant of a company’s overall “health.” Those that foster an excellent work environment for employees seem to generally enjoy longevity in the industry that belong to. More on this from The Balance:

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People in every workplace talk about organizational culture, that mysterious word that characterizes the qualities of a work environment. One of the key questions and assessments, when employers interview a prospective employee, explores whether the candidate is a good cultural fit. Culture is difficult to define, but you generally know when you have found an employee who appears to fit your culture.

He just feels right.

Culture is the environment that surrounds you at work all of the time. Culture is a powerful element that shapes your work enjoyment, your work relationships, and your work processes. But, culture is something that you cannot actually see, except through its physical manifestations in your workplace.

In many ways, culture is like personality. In a person, the personality is made up of the values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, interests, experiences, upbringing, and habits that create a person’s behavior.

Culture is made up of the values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, attitudes, and behaviors shared by a group of people. Culture is the behavior that results when a group arrives at a set of—generally unspoken and unwritten—rules for working together.

An organization’s culture is made up of all of the life experiences each employee brings to the organization. Culture is especially influenced by the organization’s founder, executives, and other managerial staff because of their role in decision making and strategic direction.

But, every employee has an impact on the culture that is developed at work.

What are you looking for when you want to see and understand an organization’s culture? Culture is represented in a group’s:

-language,
-decision making,
-symbols,
-stories and legends, and
-daily work practices.

Something as simple as the objects chosen to grace a desk tells you a lot about how employees view and participate in your organization’s culture.

Your internet sharing in programs like Skype and Slack, your bulletin board content, the company newsletter, the interaction of employees in meetings, and the way in which people collaborate, speak volumes about your organizational culture.

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