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Understand your workplace culture

Understand your workplace culture

WHAT IS WORKPLACE CULTURE?

Workplace culture refers to the character of an employees’ workplace. Workplace culture is a combination of all the different values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviours, and attitudes held by an organisation. A good workplace culture can attract talent and better engagement, happiness and overall performance. The character of a workplace can be influenced by leadership management, workplace practices and its people.

UNDERSTAND YOUR WORKPLACE CULTURE

Every workplace has its own unique culture and identity. The organization’s culture can impact the workplace environment. It can even enhance the behavior and day-to-day work practices of the employees. This makes it important to understand the culture of your workplace.

HOW TO LEARN ABOUT WORKPLACE CULTURE DURING A JOB SEARCH

While conducting a job search, it is essential to research the culture of an organization to determine if you will fit in well with their workplace culture. Below are some tips on how to assess a workplace culture during the job search process:

Company’s website and online resources:

One way to get to know workplace culture is by checking the company’s website. Check their mission, vision, and values. You can also get a sense of their workplace culture through their social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, or similar.

Ask appropriate cultural interview questions:

Interview questions about “cultural fit” are a way that employers assess whether somebody might be a good match for the available position and organizational culture. However, as an interviewee, you can also ask questions – which can be as simple as asking the interviewer about their workplace culture.

During the initial phase as a new employee:

As a new employee, you should observe everything happening around you in the workplace. Listen to what people say and observe their actions. Make sure you actively participate in office events to get familiar with the company’s culture.

Watch how people communicate:

In the first few days in your workplace, make sure you observe the way that your co-workers interact with each other. Try to study and learn their different communication styles and preference. Focus on the way they present themselves and what modes of communication are used within your department.

Talk to other employees:

Communicating with more senior workers and asking them questions can help you learn more about the workplace culture. For example, ask questions like: “What do you enjoy the most about working here? What kind of people do you work well with? Is there anything that would make a person a good fit for the work culture?”

TO SUMMARISE:

  • Ensure you know your company’s mission, vision, values, and goals.
  • Ensure, in the first few days, you observe, watch and learn how people interact with each other - but also participate when needed.
  • Ensure you understand your work requirements and expectations.
  • Ensure you learn as much about your department as possible.
  • Ensure you ask questions when you are not clear about your work or if you have any concerns.
  • Ensure you seek others’ points of view.
  • Ensure you are open to feedback, whether positive or negative.
  • Ensure you are aware of unwritten rules.