Organizational socialization is the process by which newcomers become effective organizational members.
Public sector organizations are largely assessed by their effectiveness and to a large extent their effectiveness relies on their most important asset – employees. As such, how to transition new employees into effective organizational members who are likely to serve the organization for a long time is a key concern for public sector managers. They may expend a great deal of effort and resources to bring new employees onboard through activities such as orientation, training, mentoring, buddy systems, and on-the-job training. These activities comprise formal organizational socialization tactics – the means by which an organization inculcates newcomers with the organizational culture and transforms them into full-fledged, effective organizational members (Van Maanen and Schein 1979...
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