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New hire’s guide to learn the culture of the company

05 Jul

My team is currently growing. We are hiring few new people at this time. And as we hire new people, I need to make sure that they get appropriate tools and training to come up to speed. Thus, I was creating an on-boarding plan for these new hires. My initial plan only contained specifics of what processes, technologies and tools that they need to learn. I didn’t have any idea about how to train them on our existing culture. And I thought of this blog. Following are few pointers, which might help you in learning the existing culture of your new company.

Policies: The organizational policies and procedures influence the projects that a company undertakes. The organizational procedures will determine how to implement new strategies and if the work environment will be formal or informal. For example: some organizations may allow employees to work anytime from 7.00am to 7.00pm, while other organizations may be very strict about their working hours. To get yourself acquainted with these policies, you should read all the possible policy documents at your disposal. HR department would be your best bet to find more information. Detailed oriented observation of your co-workers can also help you in learning unwritten policies.

Values: The values, beliefs and expectations of an organization have a major impact on the organizational culture. The organization’s strategic decision making choices, preferences, and approach will vary based on its values and beliefs. The criteria for the election of a project are determined by the organizational culture. For example: a competitive, ambitious and assertive organization will select projects with high risks, while a highly rigid and authoritarian origination might not take projects with high risks. Most of these values are derived from your company’s culture or your team’s culture. Your best bet would be observing your manager’s behavior and socialize with your colleague to get more information. Going out on lunch with your coworker can give you many valuable insights.

Management style: The management style of the organization is another factor that affects the organizational culture. Some managers follow a coaching style, while other managers follow a controlling style. After observing the management style of your organization, you can determine if your feedbacks will be valued or not? If the management is going to implement new strategies based on your feedback or not? As a new employee, I would recommend you to adapt to the management style of an organization. And once you properly understand your Manager’s management style, try to provide your feedback in the manner that he/she will understand.

I hope these tips will help you to learn the culture of your new company as soon as possible. Please feel free to comment on my blog, if you have any other suggestions regarding this subject. Thanks. – Bhavin Gandhi

 
3 Comments

Posted by on July 5, 2011 in 21st Century, Leadership, Management

 

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3 responses to “New hire’s guide to learn the culture of the company

  1. Manish Chheda

    August 17, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    hi bhavin pls mail me your mail id want some hepl from you about my service. Mail me on manishmchheda@rediffmail.com

     
  2. charlesrein

    October 6, 2011 at 5:40 AM

    Part of the culture is the Corporate offices, At Dell in the multiple buildings the dress code was casual to less than casual depending on where you worked but if you went the Executive Corporate office the must wear was business suite professional. Makes sure your know before you go for a meeting underdressed…….and no matter what you heard always interview in a suit .

     
    • Bhavin Gandhi

      October 6, 2011 at 9:53 AM

      @Charles: I completely agree with you. Dress code is one of the other culture thing that one should know before joining the company. And of course, you NEVER want to interview in casuals. Suit is must!! Thanks – Bhavin Gandhi

       

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