Toxic Culture – Is your company culture causing employees to leave?
A third employee has turned in a resignation in the past few months. You and your team start to wonder if there is something happening that is causing the employees to cut ties and run. After a little introspection, company culture seems to keep bubbling to the top of the list.
What are some signs of a toxic culture?
- Disrespect and belittlement
- Unreasonable pressure to get short-term results at expense of the long-term strategy
- Inequity, unfairness, favoritism, injustice
- Any kind of harassment and bullying
- Lack of empathy, of appreciation, of support
- Excessive control known as micromanagement
- Morally questionable environments, lack of integrity, encouragement of dishonesty
In a toxic culture, things won’t get better unless leadership creates change.
Good news is most of the time a great leader can fix a toxic culture. Bringing in a leader who has experience in change management and positive company culture can alter the trajectory of not only culture, but the company as a whole.
“There’s no magic formula for great company culture. The key is just to treat your staff how you would like to be treated.” – Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
Look for leaders who:
- Empower and involve the entire team
- Listen and appreciate feedback regardless of whether it is positive or negative
- Challenge, support and mentor, and then train others at every level to do the same
Good leaders will value hard work, honesty, integrity and commitment. Bad company culture doesn’t have to be something you settle with. Make a change and go big.