Thursday, January 12, 2017

You Might Have To Swear To Keep That New Job You Just Got

See The Telltale Sign a New Hire Isn’t Fitting In​: Newcomers who stick around and thrive use language styles similar to those of co-workers, researchers say by Joann S. Lublin of the WSJ. Excerpts:
"A team of California researchers" reviewed "10.2 million internal messages" to find this out.

"individuals with low cultural fit had a four-times-higher risk of getting fired after three years.

Researchers scrutinized 64 categories of language style, including curses, expressions of positive emotion and the use of concrete imagery.

Salespeople at the tech firm frequently swore, for instance. New colleagues eager to fit in “had to swear a fair amount in their email,” recalled Sameer B. Srivastava, an assistant management professor at University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

By contrast, the study reported, fired recruits “fail to accommodate their colleagues linguistically from the moment they join the organization.’’"

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