Organizational culture and individuals now lets look

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Organizational culture and individuals Now lets look at how individuals infuence organizational culture and how organizational culture infuences individuals. Culture is a very tricky issue to address in organizations, as it is simultaneously everything and, paradoxically, nothing. Culture is everything because it
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is the sum of values, attitudes, beliefs, practices, and norms ofan organization. It is the sum total of the organization and thus can infuence everything that happens in a business. Even though businesses with high-performing cultures typically attract highper forming individuals, such businesses usually also trans.orm people into high-per.orming individuals. New employees can feel. the energy Of the organization and intuitively sense the hierarchy o. values in the business. Employees will then strive to fit in by shaping their values, attitudes, beliefs, practices, and norms to the organization. Today, knowing the power of organizational culture over individuals, virtually all serious leaders of businesses treat the issue of culture as a high priority and with great purpose. On the other hand, though individuals often remark that they can feel. the culture of an organization, in a literal sense they cannot. Culture cannot be seen, heard, tasted, smelled, or touched. Culture is an abstraction from values, attitudes, belifs, practices, and norms of individual employees and groups of employees. When someone asserts We need to change the culture of our organization., they actually mean that values, attitudes, beliefs, practices, and norms must change. In other words, what changes is not cultures, but rather what individuals think, value, and do. From this perspective, individuals can infuence organizational culture significantly. For example, imagine that an individual joins an organization where the practices of employees include long, unauthorized breaks and too much time sending personal emails. If the new employee decides not to follow these practices and only takes authorized breaks and sends only the occasional personal email, that person is starting to infuence the culture of the organization. What happens in this scenario? Possibly fellow employees, grumbling She will make us all look bad. , will be hostile to the new employee for violating uno..cial company practice. Possibly fellow employees will think her odd and not care; they are not going to change their behaviours regardless o. what any new employee does. Possibly, however, she will inspire others -other employees, for example, feeling guilty about long breaks and many emails but lacking the courage to break with the culture of the organization.
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