Organizational culture remains and will continue to remain a very essential part of workplace productivity. We previously shared two major factors that can be found in the culture of an organization which we called the Double S – meaning Solidarity and Sociability. Justified enough, the blend of the two in appropriate proportion is what seem to give a robust and flexible workplace culture.
In this article, you will be seeing some examples of solidarity and sociability functions of organizational culture. For a refresher though, sociability tends toward friendliness and also fosters a sense of belonging to a community; bringing about interactions and close level relationships.
Startup companies with fewer than fifty employees usually have a culture of minimal bureaucracy, relatively egalitarian relationships, an environment that loves creativity and talented people. These organizations tend to be ambitious with members that are about the same age, and sharing the same attitudes. They may talk and joke a lot, but they are deathly serious about their work. Such a friendly atmosphere often times extends outside the office. They often spend weekends together, participating in the winter and summer activities.
Washington DC area once had its entire group participate in a 10K race for the Whittman Aids Clinic. When one of the members developed a knee problem about 3 kilometers to the finish line, those colleagues who witnessed the incident stopped to attend to her. After resting, they all walked with her for the remaining 3 kilometers to the finish line. This is what sociability in-builds in an environment where it is prevalent.
Solidarity focuses on adherence to work goals and to treat workplace affairs with strict focus on achieving organizational goals. An investor would rather invest the money in a company where meetings are fixated on goals and competitive growth strategies instead of one where meetings deviate into friendly banter about basketball.
Blending solidarity and sociability function of organizational culture helps to cut down on the excesses of strictness to work processes as well as close relationship that leads to deviation of the job tasks and delivery. Having to mix the both in appropriate doze ensures employee productivity at its premium.