Essay on Organizational Culture

1178 Words Aug 24th, 2006 5 Pages
Organizational culture influences many aspects of workplace life. A workplace with strong beliefs, values, behaviors, ideas and expectations define an organization. Well-communicated beliefs, values, ideas and expectations influence employee's behavior and determine how employees communicate with others throughout the organization, thus defining the organization's culture. Over the years, the topic of organizational culture has been studied in many disciplines from anthropology to sociology. A prominent theorist of organizational culture, Edgar Schein (2004), provided the following general definition of organizational culture:
A pattern of shared basic assumptions that was learned by a group as it solved its problems of external
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This modification of our recruiting procedures has proved to be successful in filling open positions with a qualified, reliable candidate for the organization.
Implementing a change to an organization's culture does not have to be a negative experience. Modifying the criteria for allocating rewards can be a negative or a positive change to an organization's culture. Recently, our benefits committee made a substantial change to the eligibility criteria for receiving employer match and discretionary contribution to our retirement plan. Previously, our seasonal employees were entitled to employer match and discretionary contribution after the completion of two consecutive complete seasons which for some employees this meant the completion of their third season, second year with the organization. As of January 1, 2006, we modified the eligibility criteria to the completion of two years of employment with the organization. Although, this change has had an impact on the organization, the impact has been positive and beneficial to the companies' human resources.
With every change comes resistance. Implementing a change involves moving away from the known to the unknown. Some reasons for resistance can be traced to individuals while other reasons can be traced to the organization. Employees experiencing individual resistance to change have stated the following four reasons: uncertainty, concern

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