ERIC Number: ED249138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Socialisation into Organizations. Coombe Lodge Working Paper.
Turner, C. M.
Four aspects of the process of an individual's socialization into a new organization are examined: characteristics, stages, content, and practice. Socialization is defined as the process by which an individual comes to appreciate the values, abilities, expected behaviors, and social knowledge essential for assuming an organizational role and for participating as an organizational member. Characteristics of the process include disorientation, embarrassment, fear of stupidity, sensory overload, and reality shock. The stages of socialization are anticipatory socialization, the encounter stage, and the adaptation stage. There are three content areas of socialization activity: (1) adjusting to the work environment; (2) developing work skills; and (3) understanding the culture and values of the organizational setting. With regard to socialization practices, there are three key features of the newcomer's experience. He has to adjust to change from a previous job, experience contrast with the previous job, and deal with the surprise element, i.e., the difference between expectations and subsequent experience. To facilitate socialization, the newcomer should be provided support and help to deal with any surprises. (RM)
Descriptors: Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Experience, Entry Workers, Job Training, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizations (Groups), Socialization
Further Education Staff College, Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, England (50 pence).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Staff Coll., Blagdon (England).
Note: Portions of document are in light type.