Why loving your job matters: is this for you?

I know most of you reading this are going to say, “Is she kidding of course people want to work for me/our company.” If this were true, then why you are not on the list for the best places to work, have candidates knocking down the door and current employees referring their network. If on the other hand all of this is happening in your world, than perhaps you’d like to stop here; if not keep reading…

It comes up in every conversation with a client, I’m told that “we have a great culture, product and or service and our client’s love us.” However, when I dig deeper their answers are mundane and no longer relevant to today’s culture. I have a client that during their crunch time, their employees work their tail off, but the CEO doesn’t think to acknowledge the long hours and their dedication to the work. He thinks that their paycheck is enough and that “they don’t have to like me.” While they don’t have to like him, I truly believe that everyone needs to respect him and they don’t. Culture isn’t about pizza parties and foosball nor do the millennials we are hiring think a good job is just about the paycheck and insurance benefits. Most people want to feel like their work is contributing to the greater good and that they are recognized and appreciated. People want their workplaces to be fun, not miserably stressful, given how many hours of their lives they will spend there.

Top 10 Signs of a dysfunctional Workplace

  • Employee Turnover
  • Lack of Appreciation
  • Back biting gossip
  • CEO has a favorite (cliques)
  • Poor Training
  • Dictatorship management style – my way or the highway
  • People taking credit for other’s work
  • No sharing of ideas
  • Pointing fingers of blame
  • It’s all about the bottom line

In Conclusion

If you suspect any of the above behaviors are happening in your office, you’re most likely in cultural distress. Typically, companies who don’t have a healthy culture have difficulty growing, because they are constantly losing people and the lack of employee trust is time wasted and debilitating to the bottom line. Here are some of the behaviors that I’ve recently encountered: