Catalyst has done 2 very interesting studies which identify ways in which unwritten rules affect you in the workplace. In their 2nd study, Unwritten Rules: Why Doing a Good Job Might Not Be Enough, they identified these conclusions:
- Regardless of gender and ethnicity, unwritten rules play a major role in career advancement.
- Career strategies involving communication and feedback, performance, career planning, increasing visibility, and relationship-building were viewed as particularly important to career advancement.
- When it comes to learning about advancement strategies in the workplace, observation, seeking out mentors, and soliciting feedback emerged as the most effective ways to learn about unwritten rules for advancement.
Read more – and also link to both the first and second studies – at: http://www.catalyst.org/publication/388/unwritten-rules-why-doing-a-good-job-might-not-be-enough
It is useful to reflect on these findings and think about your experiences in the workplace. For example, ask yourself whether you have identified a mentor or sought feedback. (See last bullet.) You have the opportunity to take control of your workplace destiny – as long as you can recognize it.