Five dimensions of organizational culture

Five dimensions of organizational culture

Navigating organizational culture

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When you join an organization, you have a short window of time to adapt to its culture — and too many talented individuals stumble in their new company because they fail to read the cultural tea leaves.

This happens because most organizations don’t explain the cultural rules to newcomers, and new hires are so focused on the job and the new boss that they overlook the rules’ profound influence.

Yet understanding the culture plays a big role in your initial success. Being cognizant of not just what your colleagues do but how they work matters if you want to be effective and be perceived well.

There are five dimensions of culture that have a big impact on your ability to navigate a new job: how your organization values and cultivates relationships, how people tend to communicate, how people make decisions, whether individuals or groups are valued, and how accepting people are of change.

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