Entrepreneurship is frowned upon
Toxic work cultures hate entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs because they are scared to death that they are going to leave and steal their ideas.
Thriving work cultures take people that have experience owning a business and utilize them like their secret weapon. They promote entrepreneurship because they want people to feel as though it is their business and they can make decisions.
Utilize entrepreneurs while you have them, and if they, leave wish them all the best. Entrepreneurs are the reason that businesses are created in the first place — remember that.
“MANAGEMENT vs. US” culture
Leaders are referred to as management and the front line staff are told that the company is cutting costs.
Meanwhile, the leaders are having deliciously catered for meals off silver plates, taking black limos to meetings and spending crazy amounts of money on social media marketing that makes them look good.
Front line staff say things such as “Management really needs to look at problem X.”
In a non-toxic culture, management and staff are one and people are accountable. Sentences like “Management needs to do…” are not relevant because staff can make decisions and the two sides of the business are one.
The less hierarchy, the more people feel included and that produces are thriving, collaborative culture.
The number of hours you work matter
Judging people by when they start work and how late they work is irrelevant. We all know that the number of hours we work has nothing to do with output.
You can be at your desk for 12-hours straight and be doing nothing other than surfing the web and complaining to your pals about the company you work for.
Culture First companies understand that output produces results and that on some days you will be productive, and on other days you may have suffered the loss of a loved one or be feeling unwell. Regardless, all that is taken into account is results.
And here’s the kicker: when the results are not there, leaders take accountability and coach their people out of it or help them get a role they are better suited for.