When starting out at your new job your first thought is to at first show your new bosses and co workers that you were the right person for the job. Easier said than done, while you might be able to deliver on the job requirements the other side of the job is being able to fit in. You being able to read the office and your co worker requires you to be able identify the corporate culture. What is Corporate Culture Corporate culture or organizational cultureis the organization’s personality. It is how the people in the organization interact, work, the underlying beliefs in the workplace, behaviors and practices. It sounds vague and elusive to identify mostly because unlike the mission statement and values it is largely undefined. Corporate culture is also viewed as ‘feeling’ within the organization. The feeling when you walk into the door, the feeling while talking to co workers or customers. Putting it simply the mood and the vibe that carries the day to day activities in the organization; the oil that keeps the parts moving. Identifying these organization attribute helps you to work effectively and in sync with your co workers. Once one is able to identify these cultural attributes, it will transform your experience in the organization to something like an elixir that energizes and empowers you. Dominant and Sub Cultures in the Organization Dominant culture in the organization is the general culture accepted and followed by many in the organization. Sub cultures within an organization are found in the minorities in terms of race and even gender. Different departments in the organization also have varied cultures. Sub cultures are not necessarily negative; they can be viewed as additional value structures that are in line with the dominant culture. However if the sub culture clashes with the dominant culture it may lead to conflict. It is vital to feel part of the organization. Being a minority makes you highly susceptible to feeling that you do not fit in the dominant culture. While one might be doing great at the job, the inability to fit in the organization makes it harder to keep working at the organization or even openly defiant. How then do you ensure the even as a minority and the subculture you represent align with the core culture of the organization? Being aware of diversity in the workplace; be open to thebenefits of adopting, orientating yourself to different experiences and practices. Individuals and organizations benefit when they are exposed to differences. As you begin being comfortable with being in a different space and new ways to expressing oneself. The initial discomfort wanes off. In time, a new culture of inclusivity through learning would have taken root between you and your co workers. The tips below will enable you to investigate cultural attributes of the organization. It is however important to note that the culture of an organization tends to change over time. Also, some of the attributes are dominant while others are subcultures within the organization be sure to note the two. Identifying your Corporate Culture
- Analyzetheorganization’s prioritiesby going through the organization’s mission statement and vision, corporate culture is grows from the two. This however will not explicitly outline the organizational culture for you but will be a guiding light to what they organization values the most.
- Every organization has a story unique to them, of its origin and its inspiration. Most organizations use this narrative as the core of their identity that informs the culture of the organization. These narratives can be both formal in the communication material they put out or informal in the stories shared by people.
- Inquire about the corporate culture by having conversations with your co workers in the organization. Make it a short informal conversation on their views of the organization. You could for example; inquirewhy they like the organization and a description of the organization.
- Look to the people in the organization. Firstly the bosses’behavior then the rest of the staff who mirror their leader’s behavior. How they talk to workers, both non verbal and verbal communication styles, how they interact over lunch breaks and at the end of working hours.