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The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Learn Survival Strategies in New Job Settings Angela Madden and Joanne Oud, Wilfrid Laurier University.

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1 The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Learn Survival Strategies in New Job Settings Angela Madden and Joanne Oud, Wilfrid Laurier University

2 Starting a new job: Day 1: Isnt this great! Day 10: What have I gotten myself into??

3 Things to learn in a new job: Job tasks: Easy! You know some already and get training for others; the ropes to skip Culture: Hard! Difficult to figure out and causes most problems; the ropes to learn

4 Organizational culture: The taken for granted assumptions in an organization the way we do things around here Every organization has one Every organizations culture is different

5 Culture shock! When encountering a new culture: The old rules for figuring things out dont work any more Things seem strange and unfamiliar You have to learn new rules that work in the new environment

6 Advice for success 1. Expect some culture shock (its normal) 2. Understand the learning process Surprise Learning Responding Others reaction

7 Advice for success (cont.) 3. Dont leap before you look: –Understand how your librarys culture works to avoid major mistakes

8 3 levels of culture Level 1: artifacts (detectable behaviour and processes) Level 2: stated values (conscious and documented goals, philosophies, etc) Level 3: assumptions (unconscious, taken for granted beliefs and feelings)

9 How to interpret what you see Behaviour doesnt always match stated values: confusing for newcomers Interpret behaviour by examining underlying assumptions in your organizations culture

10 Figuring out your new culture Observe, ask questions about –Physical space/layout –Stories/history –Structure and procedures –Etc See handout for suggestions

11 More advice for success 4. Be proactive: dont rely on others 5. Come up with a strategy to get what you need to do well 6. Ask questions: be specific

12 More advice for success (cont.) 7. Take advantage of being new: ask naïve questions 8. Dont take early conflict or mistakes personally: they result from culture shock 9. Find and use a support network

13 More advice for success (cont.) 10. Find a mentor 11. Seek feedback, both formal and informal 12. Set realistic goals; be patient 13. Recognize successes as well as mistakes: stay positive

14 What is success? Functioning well NOT Fitting in

15 Angela Madden Joanne Oud


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