Culture is everything made, learned or shared by the members of a society, defined by everything from language, behavior, values, belief, social habits, including work ethics that are shared by a particular group of people in a place of employment (Boundless, 2015). For example, I am a Hispanic woman and a supervisor in the medical field; I instill culture in my employees from different ethnic backgrounds by keeping an opened mind and setting examples of how patients should be treated, which is with respect; regardless of their ethnicity. I go over the mission and value statements of the department and request feedback from the employees to develop a patient-centric atmosphere in order to manage a positive workplace culture because "culture is the element that shapes us" to become the individuals we are in today's society.
In today's technology driven world, people are expected to have the means to communicate with others at any given moment. The ability to create relationships based solely on mutual understandings and shared common interests have fed the social media phenomena. In the past, people were able to get together physically and discuss concerns or share thoughts. In today's world, the easy access to technology creates the situation that, when you look around, people are often using smartphones or using their computers to check on what's happening in the world around them, providing a feeling of connectedness.(Hanover-Park, 2012) For example, when I am commuting to work; people are listening to music, playing games or texting from their phones; while being oblivious to the rest of the world and I just shake my head because I can sense the lack of communication between people today, due to modern technology. .
Symbols can be gestures, signs, objects, signals, and words that help people understand the world. Symbols also provide clues to understanding experiences.