The workplace is a cultural environment. For some people that’s as obvious as 2 + 2 = 4. But what’s fascinating is that all kinds of people go to work, mostly do fine – while not realizing that. The reality is: we’re individuals inside that culture, we adapt as individuals to that culture, our presence helps shape that culture, and we’re deeply affected (for good or ill) by being an individual in that culture’s journey.
For many, the workplace is not something they think about as they just plunge in and do the work tasks they’re being paid to do. Some are very fortunate to be paid well for doing what they love doing – and they know it. Plus they convey their appreciation for their good fortune.
However, for many folks, the workplace is more of an obstacle course sitting on a minefield. It’s necessary to go there to make a living, but it’s also filled with people – watching, evaluating, demanding, pushing, not cooperating – who can affect someone’s entire ability to have a good day, let alone feel good about life.
To have responsibilities for others – being a supervisor or manager – is very real. Which is why so many appreciate good training and hire their own coaches. It’s that important.