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01/19/12
Organizational Culture. What is it and how important is it for employees?
Filed under: Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), First Year on Job, Leadership
Posted by: site admin @ 5:13 pm

One of the things that excellent workshops bring up
and pay attention to for job seekers is the company
culture.

How do things get done around here? 
What is considered important? 
Should I be at every meeting or some specific meetings?
How do things get communicated?  Can there be
disagreements?
What does the CEO pay attention to first– stockholders,
customers, investors, competition, employees, retirees,
even himself?

Many things spill down intentionally, unintentionally and
inadvertently (through inaction), from the wishes, actions
and words of the leadership group.

Reading L. Roney’s article on company culture, I
thought back to many people who I have worked with
and can only recall a handful who examined this factor
carefully.  Two people I know quite well are in positions
after careful consideration and are enjoying their careers,
to the point of calling me to tell what they are doing.
They like their careers so much.  In both cases, this is not their
first position.  They had to do personal soul searching
to figure out what their passions were and gain confidence
to deal with whatever comes their way.  Much is unpredictable.

I believe the Meridian Group offers some insight into
a number of features of corporate culture.  Even there,
I missed a couple in my reading of their site and 
resources.  For example, the customer or customer
interactions, government interactions and regulation and
the competition are not levels of culture in their paradigm.

So if you are interested in the culture of an institution,
consider attending a First year on the job seminar or
Preparation for Life After Graduate School workshop.
It will be illuminating.  [Toronto had one recently.]

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