Fitting in at Work : Blog Of The Nation Have you ever discovered you and your workplace culture aren't a good fit?

Fitting in at Work

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Do you ever get the feeling you don't quite fit in at work? We spent so much time talking about Dov Charney and his defense for wearing underwear -- only -- around the office the other day that we realized we hit on something. Although some things -- true sexual harassment -- are clearly beyond the pale, there are some more grey areas of workplace culture. I started to think about whether there's anything about me that I don't divulge here at NPR, or that makes me feel uncomfortable. And you know what? The answer's yes. For instance, NPR works very hard to be unbiased and respectful in its reporting, and that's reflected in the culture. I personally wonder about the name of my favorite NFL team -- I think it's potentially offensive, and could be changed to something more innocuous -- and because of my own hesitations, I worry that the folks I work with might be offended, so I rarely wear my Redskins hoodie to work. That's probably excessive caution, but the fact is, it affects me even though no one has ever even looked askance at me when I have worn it. What about you? What are the more subtle ways workplace culture has influenced you? Have you ever quit -- or lost -- a job because you didn't fit in?