Brian Bettencourt College of the Sequoias Fraternization
What are the implications of being a “loner” or of close fraternization on/off the job?
Presented by: Christopher Bailey, Daniel Dinis, Levi White, Jaden Alvarado, and Larry Knight
According to The American Heritage Dictionary, “to fraternize is to associate with others in a brotherly or congenial way (“Fraternize”).” It also states a loner is “one who avoids the company of others (“Loner”).” In the workplace, there are many implications of being a loner, or of close fraternization on, and off, the job. The perception of you from those in the workplace affects promotions, a firm’s communication culture, formation of cliques, and dating. An organization’s policies may also have rules governing workplace fraternization. We will focus on these areas. So how does being an office loner or fraternizing with other employees apply to an organization’s policies? Due to experience and evidence of how fraternization affects the workplace, many organizations have an outlined policy. These policies promote, discourage, or regulate how employees may interact with each other on, and off, the job. These policies can lead to a culture that loners thrive in or an environment where they are subject to prejudice. The guidelines set forth by companies are to prevent “worst case” scenarios from occurring and to try to limit potential litigation. Some of the most notable fraternization policies are implemented in the military; they outline how enlisted men and women are able to fraternize as well as the consequences of going against the policies in place. Generally, the concern is of fraternization between an officer and an enlisted member. According to Assistant Inspector General, SFC Cameron Held, such fraternization may diminish the “leadership climate of the unit and developing disciplined and cohesive units (Held).” This same thought process also applies to the civilian workforce. If management and subordinates blur the lines of professional conduct then the firm and its profits may suffer. Equally, employees and those in the military may not want to find themselves in an awkward or compromising relationship and find themselves labeled as a loner for their choice to avoid potential conflict. While an organizations policy does not set out any regulatory guidelines to deal with a loner, there is no need for disciplinary action in such cases. Well-rounded managers will apply themselves as an advocate to best work with, support, and guide a loner in the workplace. It is through a skilled manager that a loner can excel in some workplace environments. How those who fraternize, or choose to be loners, navigate the corporate environment may also have an effect upon promotions (Vogt). Communication culture has changed throughout the years. We face new challenges every day. With the growing demand of working all over with different countries, we must communicate clearly with each other. At times that can be difficult considering the language barriers and different cultural styles. To communicate with one another we must learn and take into account every one’s cultures.
Language barriers are the biggest hold back in the business world because most languages have double meanings to certain words or phrases (Penn). For example, in English, we have a ton of double meanings words like “eye and I” and if someone uses these wrong the whole message is wrong. Alternatively, if someone does not know what he or she means, then the message will be wrong also. As communicators, we must make sure our message is clear and we want to make sure the person receiving the message understands it as well.
Cultural styles are another part of the business world because of all the interaction that goes on in the different countries. People must...
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