2011 | 12 | 25-37
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IN MAZE OF SYMBOLS AND MEANINGS - ON LEARNING ROPES (W labiryncie symboli i znaczen - o uczeniu sie miejsca pracy)

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The paper discusses learning social-cultural competencies during the first days at a new workplace. The authoress focuses on the employee's problems that stem from getting to know and adopting to a new cultural space. As the result of the research, conducted with the ethnography of an organization method and the participant-observation technique, the authoress has distinguished three areas of learning, characteristic of this period, referred to as: basic rules of getting around, building relationships, gradation of assignments. Learning at this stage concerns recognizing a group of cultural symbols; it is learning about building relationships and affiliating with other people. By observing fellow workers a novice gets to know which behaviours are most desired within a company and which competencies he or she is required to possess. Learning about the culture is something that the individual is not made aware of. It is perceived in an emotional dimension as a natural process of familiarizing oneself with the environment. In spite of the fact that new workers are not being made aware of this process, it enables them to understand many situations occurring in everyday socio-professional life, i.e. specific strategies of completing assignments, solving problems and understanding informal systems.
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