What is Organisational Culture?
Organisational culture within a
particular organisation refers to the pattern of beliefs, attitudes
and behaviours which influence how people work together. In many
respects then, culture is one of the most important factors you
need to consider in choosing an employer. Culture is a very powerful
force at work inside organisations, something deliberately cultivated
and passed on to incoming employees. A great deal of the selection
process is intended to ensure you will fit in with and maintain
the existing culture.
Your task is to cut through the
rhetoric and the gloss to find out the true nature of the organisation
you are thinking of joining. It is worth finding out as much as
you can about culture. Many graduates end up very disappointed and
unhappy in their first jobs. In many cases, there is a clear clash
between their personal values and approach to work and those of
the company they have joined.
So what is it really
like to work here?
Organisational climate is how existing
employees feel about the culture that has been created in their
department or unit. It has been defined as a relatively persistent
set of perceptions held by organisation members concerning the characteristics
and quality of an organisational culture. Such perceptions can be
measured for example by opinion surveys. The concept of climate
invites you to ask questions about the prevailing atmosphere surrounding
an organisation, to the level of morale, the strength of feelings,
care and goodwill among members.
Characteristics of a
Healthy Organisational Climate
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