By Winifred Tan
How would you describe your current workplace?
Is it a young, vibrant environment bubbling with creative ideas and employee-led initiatives? Is everyone’s opinion heard and taken into account? Do you work independently, in small project groups, or in an organization so extensive you bump into new faces every day?
Or is your environment growing stale, entrenched in an ever-growing set of Standard Operating Procedures that read longer than the Constitution of India (which is 450 articles and 120,000 words long and has the distinction of being the longest Constitution in the world)? Are proposals for change frequently turned down by The Boss on advice of his Old Boys’ Club, to which only his closest confidants are granted entry?
Understanding your workplace culture is important because it gives you a useful framework to guide your code of conduct. Workplace culture defines what’s important, what’s expected, what’s accepted, what’s preferred, what’s rewarded, what’s frowned upon, and what’s taboo within the organization – these are answers you won’t find in the official contract or employee handbook.