Corporate culture is more than a buzzword: It influences your employees’ performance level, and can be a key motivator for whether your strongest team members want to stay with the firm — or want to find a better working environment. This means that a vibrant culture can make a huge difference in how well your organization performs and grows.
It also means that corporate cultures that are lacking in key departments, or even starting to turn toxic, can prompt employees to become indifferent about the work they are doing, damage trust in leadership and increase the chances of infighting among teams.
So how can you make sure you aren’t facing problems? Below, nine members of Forbes Coaches Council share some of the things they watch for when determining if a company’s culture is toxic, and talk about the steps you need to take to fix the issues. Here’s what they recommend you look for:
Here is my contribution.
9. Fear Of Mistakes
One warning sign of a toxic company culture is fear. Fear of making mistakes and fear of betrayal, as well as poor communication, are commonly experienced in toxic cultures. A first step is naming it and then gaining executive sponsorship/buy-in for making the necessary changes to create a healthy corporate culture. The foundation of a healthy corporate culture lies in building a foundation of trust. – Terry Hoffmann, Hoffmann Coaching
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