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Organizational Culture

             Ones success and satisfaction in an organization can be influenced by how well that particular organizations" culture fits his or her personal preferences. There are certain things that should be focused on in trying to determine a culture and theses behaviors are the following:.
             1. Do Background Work- find out the names of people who used to work for this organization and find out why they are no longer there and what they thought about how things were done and the overall culture of the company. Also, talk with certain organizations that the company belongs to and ask questions about their business style. One can also explore the internet for dirt on the company and to check out its web site and notice any alarming trends or changes in the company.
             2. Observe Physical Surroundings- keep your eyes open to how the building is decorated. What is hanging on the walls and how are employees offices set up. Is the building done in a really serious manner or a more laid back atmosphere? How is everyone dressed and how do they conduct themselves around each other. Do they joke around and seem to know one another well and spend time together outside of work or is it strictly business?.
             3. Make Notes of Who You Meet- who all did you come into contact with? What are their names and how should they be addressed? Is she a Ms. or a Mrs.? What is her role and how closely might you have to work with her? Is some one the bosses son or daughter, etc?.
             4. Characterize Style- are these people casual or formal, are they serious and reserved or are they type who joke around? Do they share information with each other and discuss things, or keep to themselves? .
             5. Human Resources Manual- are there very specific rules and regulations that one is expected to follow? What are the particulars of these and how precise are these? What are the repercussions for not following procedure, and are there certain rewards?.

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