Organizational Behavior and Communication

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Organizational culture would best be described as the personality of an organization. A culture is composed of many things including values and behaviors of members of that organization. When you are a member of an organization you can quickly pick up on the culture of that organization. The mission statement of the American Red Cross, is that it is “a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies” (The American Red Cross, 2010).

The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton and since it was founded has been the nation’s number one emergency response team. Among some of the community services that the American Red Cross provides is helping the needy, supporting and comforting the families of military personnel, collecting blood, and blood products. The American Red Cross also provides education to the community promoting both health and safety. The American Red Cross also doesn’t discriminate based on a person’s sex, race or nationality and treats everyone they encounter with the same amount of respect (The American Red Cross, 2010).

The American Red Cross is put into action helping everyone no matter if they are only across the street or across the nation whenever an emergency arises. In a given year there are more than 70,000 victims of a disasters turn to more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the American Red Cross for assistance. The American Red Cross estimates that more than four million give blood every year. One of the services that the American Red Cross provides to military personnel is through a program that helps them stay connected with their families. The American Red Cross is not a government agency so therefore relies mostly on the donation of time, money, and blood to do its work (The...