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Blending in the Contracting Workplace

By Corinne Balisky on PeopleCorner – Powered by PeopleScout

Definition of corporate or organizational culture: A collective way of thinking, behaving, goals, standards, attitudes, ideals and appearance

Working as a contractor, consultant or temporary resource for multiple clients can be a challenging integration experience, but the most successful workers are able to emulate the workplace culture in which they are immersed.  Contractors who thrive in this environment are able to ‘mirror’ their client’s standards and ways of thinking.  Here are some tips on doing this effectively:

Watch, listen and learn – Observing collective behavior is critical in order to ‘blend’ and succeed. Look for what you consider the most tasteful in terms of self-presentation to emulate.  Watch for best practices in how they handle data, paperwork, work conflicts, work spaces and social integration.  Observe how people talk – share information and interact…

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