Three ways to crash and burn with your new employer Imagine the disappointment. You are offered a job that is right for you. You will be able to use all your talents while working for a company you love. You are confident that you are making a good impression and are off to a great start. You find out that you aren’t doing as well as your expectations. You are actually not doing very well. Your colleagues don’t want to have anything to do with you, and your boss regrets having you on his team. Many people have been in a bad situation, often joining a new company only to fail. This unfortunate situation has often been caused by a complete disregard for organizational culture. These are the three steps they took to crash into a cliff.

  • Assume you were hired because you are unique than the other employees at your new business.
  • Be critical of their methods, or call them obsolete or wrong.
  • Talk loudly and often about the way you did it at company X, and how it was so much more enjoyable.
  • Congratulations! You are now ready for the crash and burn! The personality of a company or organization is its organizational culture. Your organization has a personality just like you. How many people would you be willing to change your personality? The list is likely not long. You wouldn’t expect the entire organization to change just because you are on the scene. Is it possible to change organizational culture if your way is the best? No! This approach might be worth a try:

  • Assume you are joining a team that can teach you how you can succeed in your new company.
  • Spend some time getting to know people, their habits and motivations.
  • It’s possible to do it the same way.
  • Respect their differences and don’t call them wrong or outdated.
  • Establish trust and build relationships.
  • Start to make suggestions for improvements.
  • Once you have a good understanding of your culture and how you can successfully introduce changes, you can start to write your own steps to success.