31 Oct Avoid These 3 Horrors of a Toxic Work Culture
Greetings, all! It’s Dr. Hinson here wishing you a Happy Halloween! To celebrate this spooky holiday, today I am talking about the dangers of developing a toxic work culture. Though Dr. Donnelly and I are not huge fans of Halloween, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share some scary consequences if your company culture isn’t prioritizing your people.
The Good Doctors believe every organization should aim for a resilient culture. By this we mean that no culture is perfect, or without problems, but a resilient culture is prepared to handle the problems. What happens when your culture turns as toxic as a bubbling cauldron of poison? Read on to find out!
The number one horror of a toxic culture is a high turnover rate. When your culture isn’t working, your people aren’t happy or engaged, and they don’t stick around. You need to avoid your toxicity reaching this point by ensuring that your cultural mission matches the needs and aspirations of your employees.
Similarly to turnover, your toxic culture is preventing you from keeping new and old employees around. Recent Gallup polls suggest that only 30% of employees in the US are engaged, which means for most of us, the majority of our people are disengaged. This research also suggests that disengaged employees begin to look for work within 6 months. Positive employee engagement means different things for each field, industry, and culture, so as an office leader or manager, your first task is to find out what keeps your people engaged and then work on implementing changes to achieve that goal.
Interpersonal Communication Issues
A lot of problems in a toxic culture can lead to decreased communication, transparency, and openness. When your toxic culture has reached it’s peak, your people aren’t talking to each other effectively. This decreases productivity, stifles innovation, and can lead to significant interpersonal issues such as broken relationships, bullying, and harassment. Avoiding interpersonal communication issues means fostering an environment built on vulnerability, transparency, and authenticity.
Is your office environment starting to resemble the haunted house above? How will you solve these seriously scary problems? Will a bandaid be sufficient to stop the oozing wound, or do you need a more comprehensive treatment? If you feel any or all of these three things are happening in your culture, the Good Doctors prescribe a cultural analysis and are always willing to work with you and your team to provide a more comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan! Contact us immediately for a free consult session!