In the previous article I mentioned ‘contexting’ and what an important role this process plays in every organizational culture. No matter the size or the success of a given organization, contexting will most likely play the crucial role for each given new hire / new team member. In fact, you can trace many of the cataclysms in a team, department or company to a shift in context, also known as underlying issues.
Going one step further, keeping a team or a manager connected to the information flow is becoming a cornerstone of modern-day work. You can view this metaphor from different angles:
- initial contexting is the key to deciphering subsequent messages, with repeat calibration every couple of years;
- information flow as being the next part of the puzzle for a keen mind giving 110%, but simultaneously utilizing a mild case of contemporary paranoia/existential anxiety to the benefit of the company;
- losing touch with contexting sources will mean lacking the ‘skill’ or rank to influence the upcoming events, thus losing on flexibility and importance.
I am aware of how exaggerated the example sounds, and maybe it is blown out of proportion, but every aspect mentioned proves how important contexting is. If you have a fallout at almost any point of the process, you either need to have a small network to fill in the blanks, or you would need to make a step back and patch more.
“Merely quantitative differences, beyond a certain point, pass into qualitative changes.” — Karl Marx
After this quote the discussion can go in many different directions – planning the onboarding process, how long a notice period should be and can you have multiple people on various notice period lengths, why do you managers need to be schooled, why should they have free time and be sanctioned if they overload the meetings’ plan. All of this will follow, yet I would love to engage you into a discussion over the key players and their reactions towards the context, meaning the organizational culture. This is needed as people do not have only one single response option when it comes to their work environment.