October 1, 2014
An organization's culture can be defined as "What it's like to work around here." Its dimensions include the following:
- What the organization expects from its people and how it communicates those expectations
- How the organization does its work
- Whether there are major class distinctions between employee groups (e.g. management vs. line employees) or if the work environment is more egalitarian
- How and by whom decisions are made
- How work is organized-by functions, business lines or customers
- The level of employee involvement and to what degree employees are encouraged to take risks
- Whether employees are encouraged to compete with one another or to support one another
- The meaning of success in the organization.
SOURCE: Sibson & Company
Personnel Journal, April 1995, Vol. 74, No. 4, p. 32.