Process by which individuals acquire the knowledge, language, social skills, and value to conform to the norms and roles required for integration into a group or community. It is a combination of both self-imposed (because the individual wants to conform) and externally-imposed rules, and the expectations of the others. In an organizational setting, socialization refers to the process through which a new employee 'learns the ropes,' by becoming sensitive to the formal and informal power structure and the explicit and implicit rules of behavior. See also organizational culture and orientation.

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  • Early and plenty of socialization at a young age will benefit children by helping them develop their knowledge, language, and social skills.

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  • In order to help new staff become familiar with surroundings, co-workers, and supervisors, many employers schedule socialization activities for newly hired employees.

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  • Lack of adequate socialization at an earlier age had caused the teen to withdraw from her peers, because she was not sure how to behave or what people her age generally liked talking about.

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