Most Interesting Day of My Life

1471 WordsOct 19, 20126 Pages
ORGANIZATION CULTURE INTRODUCTION: Culture is something that a person learns from his family and surroundings, and is not ingrained in him from birth. People in every workplace talk about organizational culture ,that mysterious word that characterizes a work environment .Culture is difficult to define, but you generally know when you have found an employee who appears to fit your culture. He just feels right. Culture is the environment that surrounds you at work all of the time. Culture is a powerful element that shapes your work enjoyment, your work relationships, and your work processes. But, culture is something that you cannot actually see, except through its physical manifestations in your work place. Culture is especially…show more content…
Most behaviors and rewards in organizations involve other employees. An applicant experiences a sense of your culture, and his or her fit within your culture, during the interview process. People learn to perform certain behaviors through either the rewards or negative consequences that follow their behavior. Material symbols: The headquarters of Alcoa doesn’t look like your typical head office operation. There are few individual offices even for senior executives. It is essentially made up of cubicles, common areas, and meeting rooms. This informal corporate headquarters conveys to employees that Alcoa values openness, equality, creativity and flexibility. Some corporations provide their top executives with chauffeur-driven limousines and, when they travel by air, unlimited use of the corporate jet. Others may not get to ride in limousines to private jets but they might still get a car and air transportation paid for by the company. Only the car is a Chevrolet (with no driver) and the jet seat is in the economy section of a commercial airliner. The layout of corporate headquarters, the types of automobiles top executives are given, and the presence or absence of corporate aircraft are a few examples of materials symbols. Others included the size of offices, the elegance of furnishings executive perks, and attire. These materials symbols convey to employees who is important, the degree of egalitarianism desired by top management and the kinds of behavior (for

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