Learning the Work Environment and Culture

Every organization has a culture that includes formal policies and procedures as well as informal and often unwritten ways of doing things.  You can learn about your organization’s culture both through observation and inquiry. Some organizations are quite informal while others are very structured and formal. You may already have a sense of which category your organization falls into from having interviewed with them.  Fitting in with the group and following the accepted ways of doing things are all part of the work culture.  The bottom line of any business is to get the work done, so do not assume a relaxed environment means you can be late with assignments or walk into work late. If you are unsure of how to handle an issue, ask your supervisor or one of your peers what the conventions of the team might be and do your best to fit in.