Are You Too Working In A Toxic Workplace?
If micromanagement is successful and your organization is untrustworthy, you are looking down on a barrel of toxic labour culture. If you don't believe us, find out for yourself using one of the many employee retention products.
Tell people in your company that you will conduct a survey every three months, and because they are completely anonymous, they can say what they like. Watch the comments and feedback come in after the first vote. Please continue to encourage employees to share their thoughts.
These are the signs of a toxic workplace:
Toxic work culture makes the workplace miserable
In a toxic culture, new ideas can't thrive, people can't be honest, bullying unfortunately happens, leaders gain the power to come to mind, stimulate the ego.
High performers get out of the toxic work culture. Those who are successful on platforms like LinkedIn receive daily messages from recruiters and competitors who sell their dreams of grass being more environmentally friendly. If your company has a toxic work culture, high performers will have nothing to lose if they move to another company and try.
High performers are smart enough to know their strengths and recognize that if they work well in toxic work culture, they can succeed in a culture-first company that cares for its employees.
People are not allowed to take decisions
You can't make essential decisions that can alienate your customers. A simple refund to a customer who has never received the service you paid for will take weeks, which should take minutes.
If you have to decide to change a product because your customers are dozens of people apart, you cannot make a decision. It's easier not to choose than to make a decision admitting that things need to change.
Working from home or part-time is considered lazy
Management does not allow people to work from home because they want to see people. Working from home means being less productive and taking advantage of the situation.
Part-time jobs, and employees who want to work part-time because they have a part-time job may not be able to do so or be described as lazy. In either form of work, people can live their lives and (if you allow them) they reward you for their loyalty and dedication to their work.
Excluding part-time or remote work significantly limits the talent pool because it is such a common way of working. It's not a powerful and profitable asset, even if it's tied to your office desk. It is flexible and treated like a human being.
Entrepreneurship is resentful
Toxic work culture hates entrepreneurs and in-house entrepreneurs. A thriving labour culture leads experienced people to ownership of the company and uses them as secret weapons. They encourage entrepreneurship because they want people to feel that it's their business and they can make choices.
Management vs Us Culture
Executives are called managers, and frontline workers are said to be cutting costs for the company. In the meantime, executives serve delicious meals from silver plates, take black limousines to meetings, and spend so much on social media marketing to look good.
Frontline workers say, "Management needs to tackle Problem X."
In a non-toxic culture, there is one manager and one worker, and people are accountable. Sentences like "Management must do ..." are irrelevant as employees can make decisions and both companies are one.
The number of hours you work is important
It is irrelevant to judge people by the time they start work and the time they end work. Everyone knows that the number of hours we work has nothing to do with performance. Keeping an eye on your working hours are signs of a toxic workplace.
You can sit straight at your desk for 12 hours, surf the internet and do nothing but complain to your friends about the company you work for.
The Culture First organization understands that performance produces results, that one day it becomes productive, and one day it loses or feels sick. Regardless of this, only the result is considered.
And here's the kicker: When the results aren't there, leaders take responsibility and guide employees or help them get a better role.
Toxic Culture causes stock prices to fall and profits to collapse. Instead of asking a spreadsheet or accountant for an answer, look at your employees. It's your employees who make or lose profits.
Fight toxic workplace culture by transforming your organization into a culture first. It starts with a person.