Is your Workplace Culture Toxic? | Di Kenyon Transformations

What is your workplace culture?

It can be a hard thing to admit or even hear that your workplace culture may be toxic. Identifying what the problems are then working on a plan to fix them is the place to start. This is about owning the problem and doing something about it, no matter what your role is.
Make no mistake, a toxic workplace culture will damage morale, retention and productivity.


Get in the Drivers Seat.

We hear about toxic work cultures quite a bit but what does it really mean and what does it look like to you?

What may seem like a toxic workplace to some people may be totally acceptable to others. Nevertheless whatever environment you are working in you can help influence. You can get in the driver’s seat and make a choice.

Most of the time, we have no control over what other people do, but what we do have control over is our reaction to what happens.

You have a Choice

We can choose to be a victim and put up with bad behaviour and say nothing, or we can choose to act. How many times have you heard people say I can’t do anything because my manager won’t act or I can’t do anything because nobody will listen anyway or I ……. (insert thing you won’t do) because (another person won’t do….)

This is one of my favourite quotes.

"If you think you can or you think you can’t you are right’"  Henry Ford.

When you think about it, you can put yourself in the driver’s seat. You have a choice. We always have a choice. It's just that making a choice often means taking action which might make us feel uncomfortable.

Toxic Work Culture

Anybody can begin a conversation about the elephant in the room -- a broken culture -- but everybody also has an excuse that lets them off the hook when the question 'Why don't you say something about the toxic culture?' comes up.

Low-level employees can say "' can't speak up! I might get fired.' Mid-level managers can say 'What can I do to change the culture? I'm just a first-level manager.' Vice presidents can say 'I can't jeopardise my position! My CEO doesn't want to hear the truth.' Even the CEO can say 'My team doesn't tell me anything. What am I supposed to do if people won't communicate?'

This an exert from an article written by Liz Ryan

Time to speak up.

This seems to be the pattern of what I see in organisations.

People not willing to speak up.

It may be due to a variety of reasons. This may include fear of reprisal. Or it may also be that some people would rather talk about how bad a situation is and choose never to do anything about it.

Ownership, Accountability & Responsibility

When I hear blame, excuses and denial alarm bells start to ring.

Think about a response you hear from yourself or others when asked a question.

Do you hear blame, excuses and denial (BED) from your responses or do you want to step in the driver’s seat and take

  • Ownership
  • Accountability
  • Responsibility

So, my question is

Do you want to get out of BED?

 Grab your OAR and paddle yourself out of the issue (i.e. Culture) that you are allowing to continue and thrive.

If you want to check exactly where you and your culture is in your organisation then why not have a go at my cultural survey. It could tell you something more and help you make a move.

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