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Understanding the workplace culture of seniority

U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) , 87, the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history. His seniority in Congress put him in a culture far different from freshmen representatives.
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) , 87, the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history. His seniority in Congress put him in a culture far different from freshmen representatives.
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Within each workplace that has more than one employee there is a possibility that workers have developed cultures based on groups of seniority. It is not uncommon for longtime employees to develop cliques with newer employees doing the same.

Longevity or lack thereof creates a workplace culture based on several factors. Most probably it is because of the hiring practices of the employer. Aside from regular turnover companies often hire masses of employees at a single time due to the addition of the new shift, increased business, change in management or some other factor.

Regardless of the size of a company or organization, employees will develop a culture based on historical aspects their employer.

Major events tend to separate these "generational" workforce cultures, such as a bankruptcy, downsizing, rapid growth period, or major structural change.

Employees on the job during these periods react differently in the aftermath of the event than prior to the event. New employees, hired after the event, are oblivious to the circumstances, feelings, and personal impact of key corporate events.

Predominant subcultures:

  • Long-time or tenured employee
  • New hire or entry-level employee

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