The culture of your workplace is critical to employee satisfaction. If it’s a happy, healthy one, you’ll enjoy lower turnover and higher morale. If, however, it’s toxic, then it can be it difficult to attract, recruit and retain top performers. In the long run, this will have a negative impact on your company’s bottom line.
How can you make sure this doesn’t happen to you? Start by looking out for these five signs of a terrible culture:
Sign #1: There’s meeting after meeting with no action taken.
If you’re not comfortable making decisions or the higher-ups won’t let you, then it’s tough to do your job. A strong team needs decisive action. If you’re not taking it, then your people will feel like they’re on a sinking ship.
Sign #2: There’s a lot of turnover, especially in a particular department.
Some turnover is normal and even healthy for a company. It provides an opportunity to bring in fresh talent and different perspectives.
However, if there’s suddenly a big increase in it across the board, or if you’re seeing a lot of it in one particular department, then it’s time for a change. You need to figure out why people are leaving and how you can resolve the situation.
Sign #3: People have a bad attitude.
Everyone isn’t going to be in a great mood with a positive attitude every day. But if there’s a general sense of dismay, grumbling and complaining across your whole team, it’s a sign or a poor culture. Either you don’t have the right people in place, or something’s going on to make them unhappy. You must determine the root cause, then take corrective action to improve it.
Sign #4: There’s a lot of drama, gossip and backstabbing.
You run an office, not a high school. If drama is sabotaging your work environment, then it’s up to you to put an end to it. You have to sit everyone down and let them know the rules, including the repercussions if it continues. You need employees who are positive, helpful and open; not angry and resentful toward each other.
Sign #5: Employees are suddenly absent or late more often.
This a red flag that your people are unhappy and disengaged. They could be stressed and would rather simply stay home, or they could be in the midst of interviewing with other companies. Either way, it’s a bad sign for your organization, one you need to face head on by opening up the lines of communication and finding out what’s making your people unhappy.
Are your employees stretched thin and burned out? Or do you need help finding better-fit talent for your team?
Whatever your company needs, Encadria Staffing Solutions can help. As one of the leading staffing agencies, we’ll work with you to get to know you’re hiring needs and culture, then hit the ground running finding people who will make a positive difference for both. Contact us today to learn more!