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    shadowy features

    I would appreciate if you could paraphrase or explain the underlined parts in the following sentnece.
    ( it is about peple who just have got a new job)

    Besides the technical aspects of their jobs, they have to master the more shadowy features. "They have to learn bosses' expectation, corporate customs, the best sources for internal information and how to fit in.

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    Re: shadowy features

    Quote Originally Posted by bosun View Post
    I would appreciate if you could paraphrase or explain the underlined parts in the following sentnece.
    ( it is about peple who just have got a new job)
    Besides the technical aspects of their jobs, they have to master the more shadowy features. "They have to learn bosses' expectation, corporate customs, the best sources for internal information and how to fit in.
    master the more shadowy features = get used to the parts [of the job] that are less clearly obvious - the things that are not explained in the firm's procedures manual. Some firms even have something like Getting Started at Acme - New Employees Start Here - which goes some way towards dealing with this, but still can't address the little things (who to speak to at the coffee machine when you want to cut through the red tape - by-pass the proper procedure).

    the best sources for internal information and how to fit in = the best places to go/people to talk to when you want to get things done within the company, and how to behave like any other member of staff (rather than a newcomer or an outsider).

    What the whole quote is saying is that new starters have to learn not only the technical details of their job but also how to fit in with the culture of the firm.

    b

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