Last week, I connected with a close friend after a while.
After the usual gup-shup, the conversation somehow steered towards workplace culture.
He recently changed his job and given the circumstances, joined the company remotely.
I asked, how is the culture of your new company?
He said, it doesn’t matter, I have no clue about the culture. But do you know what is more important? The culture of a team.
He went on to describe his boss and his colleagues, the team dynamics, and routines.
After the conversation, I reflected a bit.
Why we are so obsessed with organizational culture?
Isn’t a team a micro-community within an organization?
Have you noticed two starkly different teams in the same function? I bet you have.
The team leads/ managers set the tone for the team culture.
It matters how well your colleagues stick to the values and expectations set within a team.
The team lead can espouse organizational values and culture within a team.
Two teams are like two neighborhoods within a given locality. Each with its own set of characteristics.
In that case, should we take the Glass Door reviews that describe org culture (both in a positive and negative light) with a generous pinch of salt?
What do you think?