Survival Tips for Working Under An Organisational Climate That Is Not Your Cuppa

Organisational climate is the perception by an employee of how it feels to work in a particular environment, i.e. “the way we do things around here.”

Every business knows how imperative it is to create a productive organisational climate. In fact, the organisational climate has been found to be the single greatest internal factor that drives employee performance.

Studies have found that the leadership styles of managers influence the organisational climate of an organisation, however, there are other factors which make employees feel disengaged at work:-

  • No sense of teamwork or ownership towards the organisation
  • No recognition or rewards for good performance
  • Too many unnecessary rules, policies and procedures
  • Employees are in the dark as to what is expected of them
  • Employees are being given impossible goals, or, on the other extreme, under-utilised in their jobs
  • Employees are not empowered or given any authority in accomplishing tasks

Research has pointed to rising employee frustrations with their organisational climate over the past few years. If you feel that your workplace has the organisational climate you are not comfortable with, yet nothing is done about it and you in your present capacity are powerless to change the status quo, let’s see how you can change YOU.

It’s simple, really. See the humour, go with the flow. There. Sorted.

No? Okay. I was just jesting with you anyway.

This is what I actually want to tell you to do:-

  1. Start with telling the person in the mirror that this job enables you to gain experience,it puts bread on your table, or pays for your education, and it develops your professional network.
  2. Change how you label yourself.  If you’re constantly referring to yourself as a “wage slave”, that is going to be reflected in your attitude and the way you act at work. Remind yourself that the place you work for is renting your time, and that your time is valuable. If your official job title is ‘Clerk’, tell yourself instead that you are ‘An Important Team Member Responsible For Systematic Documentation.”
  3. Be assertive. Communicate to your manager or superior, what you want improved in your job. It doesn’t hurt to try.
  4. Improve your relations with co-workers. Stop complaining, whining and whinging – the office does not need more negative vibes. Socialise with your coworkers, but NEVER congregate for a gossip session. People with self-respect do not do that.
  5. Work hard and smart. Establish or re-establish a reputation for producing results. People like you more and treat you better when they can count on you to contribute to the team.
  6. If you have control over your work space, improve it. Put pictures or little things that make you happy or your list of things your job provides for you. Use them as your “frustration diffusing therapy”.
  7. Do not take work home. Pursue hobbies with your family or on your own and spend quality time with your family and friends. Perform acts of worship together, and do lots of charity.

Okay. I admit sometimes changing your attitude doesn’t work. Sometimes work encroaches into your home and personal space. Perhaps then, it is time to change jobs.

Seek new opportunities quietly and do not use company time for it. While waiting for your new job, be fair to your employer and your colleagues. Make yourself useful by lending a hand to your colleagues or customers; they will respect you for it.

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