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Culture Congruency Checkup

One of the most important things to consider when evaluating the viability and sustainability of your employment, with a certain company is said company’s culture. Company, corporate,or organizational culture (for the intensive purposes of this post referred to hereafter as just culture) is the interdependent set of beliefs, ceremonies and rituals, management paradigms, leadership strategies, history, values, and mythology of an organization.

Culture has the ability to serve as a cohesive agent or an alienating force at the same time to different people. The main question is does the culture jive with your own personal values, traditions, beliefs and interests; your own culture? If so, great! If not, a situation can be presented in which there is just something wrong with your employment that you can’t quite put your finger on.

Here are some quick questions to ask yourself to conduct a culture congruency checkup:

– When others in the office are participating in group activities do you join right in or feel as though you’d rather be doing something else?

– Do you feel as though your actions contribute to the construction and evolution of the culture or detract from it?

– Do you agree with how decisions are made, whether by democracy or autocracy?

– Do you feel recognized for my success? Do you feel others are deserving of the recognition they receive?

– What does your intuition tell you? Do you fit in?

It is rare to find a culture that your are in alignment with 100%. In fact, if you did, I would say that you might be deluding yourself a little bit. The key is ensuring the culture is enough of a fit to foster your own success and build upon your strengths. This will not only benefit you but also your company and and parties concerned.

If you feel as though you are a fit in your current company culture try to think of some ways to continue to contribute to it and make it even better.

If you don’t feel as though you are a good fit, determine if there are ways to align with some elements of the culture and not all. Or it might be time for a clean break.

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