Here are questions you might ask of your supervisor or coworker to help you understand the specific culture of their unit. We call them the Rules of the Road

  • Office etiquette?

  • Who, how and when people socialize?

  • How performance is recognized or contribution is credited?

  • What are the hours of work and breaks?

  • Who gets consulted on projects?

  • Who gets copies of communications?

  • How do questions get asked or disagreements expressed?

  • What is the dress code?

  • How do people compete or cooperate?

  • Is there a sense of urgency or casualness?

  • What are the language standards?

  • What format should be used for memos and reports, logos, etc.

  • What tips do you have for building relationships between colleagues, supervisor and staff?

  • Office decor?