You can find a treasure trove of blog posts about creating a healthy corporate culture. They all make it sound so easy. Most of these snack sized bites of wisdom cite Google or Zappos as paragons of virtue. Too bad we can’t all be Tony Hsieh.
I’ve had the pleasure of working for a variety of screwed up organizations. After deep reflection, I’ve come up with hallmarks of less than healthy corporate cultures. Ask yourself, ‘Is this our company?’
- Your cafeteria staff recently opened an illicit tuck shop that sells employees Xanax and Qualudes.
- Because of a robust amount of workplace violence, you’ve been forced to spend last quarter’s profits on a metal detector.
- Your clients always request off site meetings because they’re scared shitless of your offices.
- You’ve recently hired the ghost of Ken Lay as a consultant.
- Employees mistrust your HR department enough to have dubbed them “the Stasi.”
- You think “turnover” is something grandma bakes on weekends.
- Your CEO is friends with more tin pot dictators than you can count on one hand.
Anything to add?