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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

Starting a new job:
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Day 1: Isn’t this great!
Day 10: What have I gotten myself into??

Things to learn in a new job:
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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”

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Organizational culture:
The taken for granted assumptions in an organization  “the way we do things around here”  Every organization has one  Every organization’s culture is different
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Culture shock!
When encountering a new culture:
The old rules for figuring things out don’t work any more  Things seem strange and unfamiliar  You have to learn new rules that work in the new environment
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Advice for success
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Expect some culture shock (it’s normal) Understand the learning process
Surprise Others’ reaction Responding Learning

Advice for success (cont.)
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Don’t leap before you look:
– Understand how your library’s culture works to avoid major mistakes

3 levels of culture
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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)

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How to interpret what you see
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Behaviour doesn’t always match stated values: confusing for newcomers Interpret behaviour by examining underlying assumptions in your organization’s culture

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

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See handout for suggestions

More advice for success
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Be proactive: don’t rely on others
Come up with a strategy to get what you need to do well Ask questions: be specific

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More advice for success (cont.)
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Take advantage of being new: ask naïve questions
Don’t take early conflict or mistakes personally: they result from culture shock

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Find and use a support network

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

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What is success? Functioning well NOT Fitting in

Angela Madden amadden@wlu.ca

Joanne Oud joud@wlu.ca


				
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