Is there a problem at your office, but you’re not quite sure where it’s coming from? Something seems out of sorts … Maybe you’ve noticed a high turnover rate recently? Perhaps you’ve noticed employees seem to be confused on who’s doing what? Maybe an uptick in negativity?
Those are just a few flashing-red-signs that your company culture may be toxic. (Ouch!) We know those are hard words to read, but don’t panic because there are steps you can take to change it today!
Just one of the items on this list can quickly spiral out of control and turn your company’s culture into a destructive environment. Have 2 or more from the list? It’s time to start making changes ASAP.
We know you’ve invested so many hours, dollars, and resources into your management team, but when looking for toxicity in your company culture – it’s best to start at the top.
Poor leadership is a sure way to decrease employee morale. If you see any of this behavior from your leaders, it’s time to set up a meeting:
Being a leader isn’t an easy job, and sometimes the best employees don’t always make the best leaders either. When deciding who will lead your organization, consider those who have shown to set good examples in the following ways:
Leaders must also address complaints and enforce company rules openly and fairly. This applies to you, too, if an employee comes forward with a complaint about one of your leaders, address it by the book.
After evaluating your leadership team, it’s time to look at employee behavior.
You’ve heard the term “one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch” and it is just as true with bad employees! One toxic employee can negatively impact your entire team. And it goes without saying, but your good employees will always be the ones to quit first! Not the toxic one. Watch for these signs …
Putting an end to this behavior from employees is essential to protecting your productive, positive, hard-working employees.
First, be upfront with your employees. Guaranteed, anything that’s new to you is old news to them. They already know it’s toxic, you can’t hide that fact from them. Be open and honest and tell your employees that you’re on a mission to create an environment that’s positive, safe, productive, and open.
Begin by gathering data from your employees and making sure it’s anonymous so they can be 100% honest! Ask them:
The hard part? Reading their answers! You’re going to find out things you don’t like and with that comes knowing that you’re going to have conversations you don’t want to have. It’s not fun! But we promise that admitting there are issues and working to correct them will ensure your company culture ends up where you want it!
Another plus side to all of this is that you’re opening lines of communication between leaders and employees. This is a huge step toward building trust, which is needed to make long-term changes.
Not all employees are a good fit in a company dedicated to a positive company culture. Do not be afraid to set expectations and let go of people who choose not to fit with your business standards. Finding motivated and inspiring leaders and employees is worth the time and effort it takes to seek them out and hire them. It’s important to set goals for your company’s culture, regularly evaluate your progress, and make changes to help you reach them.
To protect your company’s culture going forward, make sure to:
All of these changes will impact the productivity and cohesiveness of your company.
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