You’ve met new people and tend to gravitate to them although you don’t feel that comfortable with them. Or you’re standing in the middle of the room and studying your notes very intently. At least that’s the impression you’re giving to the outside world, while to yourself you are thinking you wish you knew what was expected of you next.
If you have these feelings it could be you’re the new kid on the block, the new worker, who has not yet got his bearings and full familiarity with the job. You wait for people to introduce themselves to you but it’s not happening fast enough. So whenever someone enters the room, instead of having an uneasy silence, you act like the eager beaver ready to pitch in by initiating the introductions and even asking some personnel if there is anything you can do to help them out. You clearly have your own work to do but you want to be the team player and show that you don’t exist in isolation.
These uncomfortable pauses of silence and displays of eager beaver syndrome don’t have to happen if there is a meeting room for workers to learn the culture of the organization. New employees can spend time learning the communications preferences of their bosses. They will learn whether email, telephone or face to face meetings are appropriate. They will learn the rules and regulations of the firm and the correct protocol of all aspects of the company.
This is best done away from the regular office routine so that employees are not distracted by the new personnel. It is also helpful for regular employees to get a grasp of the orientation periodically just in case new regulations have been added or what was learned in training has been forgotten. It is important for companies to train their staff so that culture clash is kept to a minimum and everyone is working toward the same common goal.
Many companies set up special meeting rooms for this explicit purpose. They may have culture clash meetings whenever there is a new hire, quarterly, or in whichever timeframe they deem necessary. Culture clash meetings keep everyone on track and hopefully satisfied with the work environment of their company.