Professor Richard Battaglia
05 March 2013
These days the workplace culture can be unproductive and challenging. It is a job of a leader to make sure that the employees have a good workplace. Howe ever it is hard to change a dysfunctional workplace culture. According to Wren “People in positions of authority, especially our immediate bosses, often frustrate us or act incomprehensibly, and those we consider the leaders of our organizations often disappoint us.”(Wren, pg 272), so as we can see one of the problems is that the management might not even care about correcting workplace culture. Another problem is that employees themselves will resist any change “If we are managers who are trying to change the behavior of subordinates, we often encounter resistance to change at a level that seems beyond reason.”(Wren, pg 272) So what is leader supposed to do in order to change a workplace culture while facing these problems? As a newly elected leader there are several things you can do to fix a dysfunctional workplace culture. The first and probably most important thing is to understand what a culture is. Wren defines culture as” A pattern of shared basic assumptions that the group learned as it solved its problems of external adaptation and internal integration, that has worked well enough to be considered valid and, therefore, to be taught to new members as the correct way to perceive, think, and feel in relation to those problems.”(Wren,pg 279). From this definition Kourganov 2
we can see that one of the problems that can arise is how the new members of the work culture are taught. If the new members discover the group assumptions by themselves then it means that the group does not have shared assumptions, which leads to new member’s interaction with old members to be more creative way of building a better working culture. However if shared assumptions exist and they are taught to new members then culture becomes a...