Unveiling the Workplace Culture Challenge: Is Your Team Thriving or Struggling?
By Gretchen Fox Palmer, CEO of MTO Agency and Founder of the Conscious Leadership Collective
Did you know that a staggering 77% of people dislike their job? Gallup’s State of the Global Workforce 2023 report shined a light on a crisis for organizations everywhere.
If you’re thinking, “not my company” or “not my team,” pause for a moment. Despite your best efforts, your team might be struggling. I’ve been there too, and it doesn’t mean you’re a bad manager or have a toxic culture.
What it does mean is that you most likely have poor internal communication, broken trust between leadership and staff and between different internal teams, and that you have low employee engagement.
Step back from your company lens and consider this: Outside of work, the world is more stressful than ever. People lack emotional regulation skills, and companies often lack the right support. Before the pandemic, people could separate personal stress from work, but those lines have blurred.
Ever wonder if your team faces a culture problem?
Check for these common challenging workplace behaviors:
- The Stress Carrier: This person absorbs stress like a sponge and spreads negativity, contributing to atense environment.
- The Avoider: Prefers to sidestep difficult conversations or issues, hindering open communication and problem-solving.
- The Emotional Explosive: Reacts strongly to challenges, often displaying anger or frustration, creating an uncomfortable atmosphere.
- The Blamer: Points fingers when things go wrong, fostering a culture of blame rather than accountability and solution-seeking.
- The Silent Sufferer: Struggles internally but doesn’t express their emotions, leading to personal distress and potential burnout.
- The Gossip: Spreads rumors or negative information, undermining trust and creating a toxic atmosphere.
- The Unaware Leader: A leader who lacks emotional intelligence, making decisions without considering the emotional impact on the team.
- The Unengaged Employee: Shows little interest in their work or colleagues, negatively affecting team dynamics and overall morale.
If you spot any issues, you might have a culture problem. Culture is made up by the people in a community — your work culture is how the individual parts come together into one whole, one single, operating organism. Are all parts of your organism thriving?
To assess your work culture, conduct an anonymous poll with questions like:
- How much do you look forward to going to work?
- How often do you feel stressed during your workday?
- How often do you feel stressed about your work during work? How often is that high-stress or overwhelm?
- How often do you feel stressed about your life during work?
- How often do you feel stressed about the world during work?
- How often do you feel stressed about work during your personal time?
- How often do you struggle to manage your combined work and life stress?
- How often do you consider looking for another place to work to remove stress from your life?
But fear not, I’ve been through this as a Fortune 500 executive and agency CEO. I’ve crafted the EQ @Work blueprint to empower peak performance.
This isn’t just about solving a culture crisis; it’s about creating a thriving organism.
Ready to take the first step? Register for a free 90-minute workshop designed for leaders committed to transforming their company culture. Let’s make a positive change together.