Discussion 12: Organizational Culture
Soloaga (2019) mentioned Schein (1990), defined organizational culture as a set of behavioral habits generated by the people who make up a company. Therefore, the employees, leaders, supervisors, stakeholders, and CEOs make up the organization. Organizational culture is collective (Andrianu, 2020). It is important to assess how one feels, how one thinks, and how one behaves. Behaviors are actions in which one displays. Attitudes and values are also important to consider within the organizational culture. As we know, values and beliefs are what makes up an individual. It is vital for the attitudes, values, and beliefs to align with organizational beliefs, mission, and vision. If the values, attitude, and beliefs do not align with the organization’s beliefs, mission, and vision, then it is quite obvious that the organization may not be a good fit for the individual. It is important to conduct research and be aware of the organizational culture before applying to work for an organization. Working for an organization in which you do not believe in will not benefit the organization nor the self.
It is important to understand organizational culture as it can teach you what the organization stands for and represents. I have a private practice counseling agency named Gracefully Purposed Counseling & Consulting, LLC. When I shared this name with one of my supervisors, she was hesitant to like the name because she felt that others would associate it with Christianity. I can understand how she came to that conclusion, however, that is not all the organization represents. The organization represents wholeness, healing, transformation, etc. My attitude, values, and beliefs assisted in shaping my organizational culture. It is who I am, and I am who my business represents.
It is imperative to note that without proper research of an organization and what they stand for can hinder job performance if hired. Therefore, as we can see, it is essential to learn about the organization in which one prospectively wants to work for or already work for. Another thing to take into consideration is the fact that individuals do change overtimes, as well as organizations. So sometimes it is beneficial to review and assesses one’s values, beliefs, and attitude to ensure they still align with the organizations.
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Discussion Post 12
Topic: Why is it important to understand the organizational culture?
Organizational culture is significant in that it influences the longevity and success of the business. Organizational culture is defined as shared values, beliefs, or perceptions held by employees within the organizational unit (Taylor et al., 2018). As a leader, it is vital to define the culture of the organization. In doing so, it creates good working relationships and promotes ethical communication amongst employees (Kumar, 2016). Collaboration is a vital component that assists in the, overall, betterment of the organization. This element motivates employees succeeding together. “Organizational Culture factor are important to establish a strong working environment, a better human relation which motivates employees to perform duties and put their maximum output towards achievement of organizational goal along with their personal objective”, (Kumar, 2016). Taylor et al. (2016) explained that organizational culture can enhance or hinder employee productivity. Obtaining a healthy work culture urges employees to cohesively achieve organizational goals (Kumar, 2016).
One of the biggest dilemmas in leadership today is the ability for the designated individual to actually lead the team. An effective leader should utilize team building, team development, and team management approaches to assist in increasing cohesion in the workplace (Center for Creative Leadership, 2019). Most leaders appear to be more concerned with designating tasks, instead of building a unified work environment. In actuality, one of the benefits of team work is the increase of productiveness amongst the staff. “When work is divvied up among members of a team, it gets done faster, making the overall business operate more efficiently. Your team will develop a sense of comradery as you work toward a common goal” (Center for Creative Leadership, 2019). Employing a collaborative work environment can definitely aid in the increase of productivity, among the employees, within the organization. Employees will strive to achieve goals more, if they feel a sense of belonging within the company. This is why it is imperative or leaders to understand and establish organizational culture.
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