A Brief Note On The American Workplace Values

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American workplace values vary from one organization to the next. Differences can be determined by the location of an organization, including what state the organization is located in and/or whether that business is located in a major city or the suburbs. Also, workplace values can be different depending on what industry the organization is in. A technical start-up company’s values could be vastly different than that of an established non-for-profit organization’s values. Workforce demographics play a big role in value differences as well. Average age of the employees, male/female ratio, and education level all play big roles in shaping an organization’s values. But most U.S. organizations share similar values and create similar overall workplace values due to our national culture. This is true for other countries as well. Just as U.S. workplace values vary depending on location, industry, and/or demographics, workplace values in different countries vary due national culture. Professor Geert Hofstede’s Six Dimensions of Culture is a study on how a nation’s culture can influence workplace values.
Hofstede’s Six Dimensions of Culture
Professor Geert Hofstede’s study looked at six dimensions of national culture to determine values in the workplace. The six dimensions are, Power Distance Index, Individualism vs Collectivism, Masculinity vs Femininity, Uncertainty Avoidance Index, Long Term Orientation vs Short Term Normative Orientation, and Indulgence versus…
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