I know this won’t be shocking to regular blog readers, but I write fairly often about company cultures.
Usually, I write for leadership – what their role is in creating a strong culture, how to do that, how to proactively manage culture based on core values.
This time, however, I’m writing for the average employee, because employees also have a direct responsibility in building a positive culture of recognition by actively acknowledging and appreciating the efforts and achievements of their colleagues.
2 options when the “problem” is you
What do you do when the “problem” is you. You don’t fit in for whatever reason. Realistically, you have only two viable options:
- Change to fit the culture – Perhaps you’re more of a “heads down, get the work done” kind of person in an office that enjoys lunches as a group, birthday celebrations, etc. You need to get away from your desk and join in the festivities, at least on an occasional basis.
- Walk away from the culture – Perhaps the culture is so completely foreign to you and your own nature – it’s too competitive, perhaps too secretive, maybe even one that thrives on back-stabbing and one-upping each other. Perhaps it’s not as negative as that, but it still is foreign to you and how you like to work. All you can do is walk away.
Ultimately, we have to be comfortable in the place we spend the majority of our waking hours. Remember, when you’re interviewing for a job, you need to interview the company as much as they interview you.
Find a culture that fits you, and don’t be afraid to walk away.
You can find more from Derek Irvine on his Recognize This! blog.