what is "office culture" and how to define a desirable one?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Workplace Culture is the social context in which work and other interactions take place. It's "the way things get done around here," in other words. It's the on-the-ground expression of the values, routines, and practices that govern not just work (the way policies and procedures do), but the interactions that people have while they're working.

    What is desirable in workplace cultures depends largely on what kind of work is being done. Financial Services companies, for example, tend to be very hierarchical and control-oriented with lots of deference to authority and frequently quite a micro-managerial style. This sort of culture emphasizes control over innovation. It's obviously not a desirable culture for say, an advertising agency where innovation and creativity would be more highly valued.

    You can experience corporate cultures easily by interacting with companies that are really known for their cultures. Nordstrom, the North American retailer, is a great example of a powerful customer-service culture.

    Source(s): Organizational Culture & Leadership by Edgar Schein Diagnosing & Changing Organizational Culture with the Competing Values Framework by Cameron & Quinn Corporate Culture & Performance by John Kotter
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  • 1 decade ago

    An office culture is that set of informal operational "rules" unique to that organization. For examples, some offices' dress codes are strictly business/professional all the time. Others have "casual Fridays." Others still are casual all the time. Some celebrate holidays and significant events by going out to lunch while in others management will pay for catered events. In still others, management stays out of it but allows the staff some time to hold "pot lucks" organized and paid for by the employees. In some companies non-management level employees may bring in items such as candy bars or Girl Scout cookies to sell to raise funds for their kids' organizations while other companies forbid the practice.

    Office culture do's and don't's are seldom written down anywhere or otherwise formalized. New employees, either new hires or transfers coming in from other departments, would do well to pay close attention to what may be expected of them informally in their new culture.

    How does one define a desireable one? That's pretty subjective. Few aspects of an office culture are purposely intended to be offensive or insensitive but some can be. An example might be that a Muslim, Jew or atheist might take offense if forced to participate in a Christmas gift exchange party that didn't recognize the winter celebrations of their religious or nonreligious beliefs. Gay or lesbian employees may have to decline invitations where employees are expected to bring their spouses. Each employee will have to decide which cultural events can be participated in and which must be respectfully declined.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    a company culture is basically how things are done, the way people interact, etc. just like american culture is the way things are done in america.

    a desirable one completely depends on the situation. Is your company customer based? If there are customers coming in and out, it might be a little more formal - business dress code, little to no pictures hung up at desks, little to no talking or socializing tolerated, etc. If there are no customers to impress, you can afford to be a little more laid back (although many do not like this). Some offices allow employees to wear jeans every day, play music out loud, decorate their desks like crazy, etc.

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  • 1 decade ago

    office culture is the prevailing norm and way of life in an office setting. a desirable office culture is the type wherein each elements in the office developed relationships and way of life that are aimed towards the common good.

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    4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i would just like to comment on how dumb of a question this is. Why would you want to know peoples defination of office culture?

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