Socialization in the Workforce

Socialization can be described as the way we learn to become part of our culture or the world around us.  What can make socialization difficult in the workforce is that we learn one set of rules and norms which have help develop our personality, and the work or company culture may have a different set of norms which we must adapt to.

  Not only can these norms conflict, but our personality which has developed may not be suitable for the new culture and must be altered to survive the workforce.There are many skills which are important in workplace socialization, one of which is the understanding and acceptance of diversification.  As a person transfers from company to company the way their new environment processes operations, reasons solutions, and express their core belief are all different.  It is important for a person to be able to accept these differences, and adapt their value system to their new environment, despite their principles being something different.More importantly, for a person to hold independence in the workforce they need to be able to learn, communicate, and lead.

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  Of these three main skills, the ability to learn may be the most important since without that basic skill no one can develop any other skill or traits.  The degree of how well people learn will vary and the knowledge they can retain (ie, practical, creative, or theoretical) differ based both on genetics and environment.  Typically however, a person would not surround themselves in a working environment in which they can not learn; a person who is hands on such as a machine operator or carpenter would not try to be a scientist.A person’s success can be determined by their ability to communicate through verbal and written mediums.  If they cannot communicate, then their ability to be independent from other sources diminishes with their inability to learn, and to express their role in the workforce.The ability to lead does not necessarily mean to supervise, but to be able to teach or transfer their skills to another person.  Their role in the workforce undoubtedly will need to be replaced as they leave, which results in a new person needing to learn the knowledge of the job.  Without a person’s ability to lead new members in to the workforce, they can not be solely responsible for those duties; training will ultimately fall onto someone with those skills and knows the work at hand.

Author: Alex Ray


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