The Need: What makes “Online World” so powerful is its amazing worldwide reach, its ability to create huge social networks in minutes, and to put you in touch with thousands of people in fractions of seconds. Growth in the field of science and technology has also made the Online World very powerful, which has changed our lifestyle altogether.
But if you look a few decades back, the technology, job recruitment, working environment and the employer / employee relationship were not the same as what we see and experience today.
In order to keep up with the fast growing technology development, there have been tremendous changes in every field of activity of any commercial organization. Obviously, we need to match up with the overall developments that are taking place today.
The QR of the employees has gone up considerably. Today, companies are looking for candidates with some added qualification in addition to their basic qualification. Overseas Recruitments are done thus making their Work Force multilingual and multi cultured.
So, it’s time to adopt a new ‘Work Culture’ that will improve the working environment and increase their working efficiency.
‘Work Culture’ is a combination of qualities of an organization and its employees that arise from what is generally regarded as appropriate ways to think and act.
Work occupies most of our life, if you think about it…officially you are supposed to work for 8 hrs per day to be considered full time. But, people work differently in different countries depending on the culture.
Company Culture is the personality of a company. It defines the environment in which employees work. Company culture includes a variety of elements, including work environment, company mission, value, ethics, expectations, and goals.
For example, some companies have a team-based culture with employee participation on all levels, while others have a more traditional and formal management style.
Company Culture is important to employees, because workers are more likely to enjoy their time in the workplace when they fit in with the ‘Company Culture’. Employees tend to enjoy work when their needs and values are consistent with those in the workplace.
For example, if you prefer to work independently, but work for a company that emphasizes teamwork (or has shared office spaces), you are likely to be less happy and less efficient.
When an employee fits in with the culture, they are also likely to want to work for that company for longer. Thus, employers can improve productivity and employee retention through a strong office culture. Accordingly, a new Work Culture is adopted to include the following factors:-
The Structure: The organisational structure itself is being changed to suit the present day demands. The change from a ‘hierarchy’ based management structure to a ‘horizontal’ management structure in the corporate sector, especially in the field of information technology, is a clear example of the rising needs.
Managerial system is revived and Managerial cadre equipped to take on the present day challenges.
Specialized managerial courses are available to train the old and the new alike. There are various Managerial Development Programs organized by institutions to improve the managerial quality.
Job Satisfaction: Job Satisfaction in any field may be defined as a positive emotional state resulting from the appraisal of what derives from one’s own job experience. It reflects how well the job meets an employee’s basic expectations.
If an employee feels that he works very hard but is given a raw deal by the management and peer-group, he will be dissatisfied. On the other hand, if he feels that he is treated well, and has an opportunity to do the work of his choice, he will have a positive attitude towards his work and his productivity will increase.
Relationship: Today, one cannot do things on one’s own; it is essential to evolve a system to involve the efforts of everybody in the team, each pulling their weight and contributing their share. It is vital therefore to bond with coworkers, and build relationship with people we work with.
It is an art to carry yourself with greater ease and to get the support of your coworkers.
Nip any misunderstandings and disputes in the bud. It’s easily said but difficult to achieve. It needs diplomacy and tact. It means facing issues without being confrontationist. Be a good ‘listener’.
Develop an ability to imagine and share another person’s feelings, experience etc. Try and understand the reason why the other person is behaving the way they are. If you can understand the ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’, you can always find a solution.
If you don’t like a job or don’t do it, how can you expect others to do it, or do it with enthusiasm?
Be Professional and Patently Efficient: Your own performance should be superlative. Approach your work with exemplary professionalism. Do whatever is given to you and you will find that everybody is beginning to tackle his or her jobs. If you don’t like a job or don’t do it, how can you expect others in your team to do it?
Take on what you can chew: Doing more than you need to can be a great motivator. It will get you the admiration of your fellow workers, especially when you lend a shoulder to their wheels. This will get you any help when you are in need. Take care not to bite off things more than you can possibly chew. Not been able to deliver the goods can make you a laughing stock in the office.
No Gossiping? It’s a wrong notion that only women gossip. Well, men also get into gossip. And it’s a hard habit to break. Generally gossiping can cause problems, as it is a way to build networking and allies.
By indulging in gossip you are undermining your own reputation and the trust people place in you. And therefore, it’s better to turn away from gossip. Another point is that if you are seen indulged in gossiping, you will find that people will start avoiding you; because they can never be sure of you talking behind their backs.
Open Your Talk Channels: Always talk to your coworkers you can. Even a word in passing is loads better than no word at all. Ask a question or two, they could be related to work or family, the communication lines should always be open.
This habit builds trust and builds teams. It adds to learning. If you share your knowledge, your allies will share knowledge with you and this will invigorate your career. Remember, if you don’t want to learn, knowledge will be out sourced, as everything is today, and you will become redundant.
Good Communication Skill: The need for a good interpersonal skill within the organisation and corporate levels and with outside agencies has become a must for a better output in the present scenario. Further, a good interpersonal skill and a good communication skill at the middle, senior and top management levels are the call of the day. A good communication skill can definitely improve the personal relationship within the organization.
Remember, a healthy ‘Work Culture’ leads to satisfied employees and an increased productivity.
Bottom Line: So, it is very important to understand the importance of new ‘Work Culture’ and try to fit into that Work Culture. Secondly, based on your qualification and Dream Job that you are looking for, you must be able to find out the companies with the kind of ‘Company Culture’ that you are looking for and do your Job Search in such companies. And finally, most important thing, you must be able to fit in their ‘Work Culture’ so that you can enjoy a good career growth in that company.