How to respond to a difficult workplace culture

If you find that you are at odds with your company’s culture but you wish to persevere, it may be worth reaching out to other teams within the organization to voice your concerns.

“Changing the culture of an existing organization is no easy feat, and generally more challenging the larger the organization is,” Won said.

Many organizations have task forces, interest groups, and volunteer groups for those who wish to have a say in their firm’s future, according to Won.

“These are great avenues to get involved and attempt to take action on the changes you wish to see in your organization,” she added. “Of course, there are no guarantees that your suggestions will be immediately implemented, but these groups often do have visibility to senior leadership, if that’s what you’re looking for.”

Still, Won added, it won’t be easy: “You’ll need to learn how to manage upwards (effectively), which takes time, practice, and mistakes.”

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