Culture exists in our homes, communities and offices. It’s something that is personal to individuals, distinctive to others, yet can have powerful influences over the surrounding environment. Offices breed what’s known as corporate cultures. This type of culture can contain a level of exclusivity for the organization and its employees. What’s important about office work culture is how influential it can be to the way that business gets done.
According to Connexions, corporate culture is the construct of beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors that are shared among an organization’s workforce. At work, corporate culture gives rise to particular models for how work gets done, how co-workers interact and even how employees dress. It can have a powerful impact on the tone of an organization.
Work cultures have many features, some more distinct than others. Seeking out a company’s culture can be easy or challenging, depending on how prominent the culture is within the business environment. All Business explains that some things to look for when identifying the features of a work culture are dress codes, job-satisfaction levels, perception of management, interaction with clients or customers and ethics. The physical environment, as in determining the atmosphere (lax or uptight) of a business, provides another clue.
Culture Revolution explains there are many types of office work cultures. Some cultures focus on excelling, being competitive and the employees are a tight, cohesive unit that gets the work done. Other cultures represent employees who are lethargic, have low creativity and little vision. Then, there are cultures that are gossipy, cliquish and self-interested.
Impact on Behavior
Office work culture can affect the workplace and its employees. It can even affect customers and clients because culture gives rise to behaviors and conduct. According to Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif., culture inspires learned behaviors, which causes people to behave in ways deemed culturally acceptable. When cultures are dominant in the office, it’s likely employees will behave in a particular manner with one another and others with a stake in the business.
Just like traveling to another country, you can experience culture shock working at a new office. Each organization is different. Adapting to the office culture may come naturally or might be challenging. It depends on your personal beliefs and attitudes.