Thursday, August 4, 2011

Characteristic(s) of an Unhealthy Workplace

In our Playing Nice in the Sandbox workshop, I ask participants to identify characteristics of an unhealthy workplace. Overwhelmingly, I hear two answers: poor communication and lack of trust. Today I will focus briefly on poor communication. I am not surprised. I have been hearing this answer for years—long before I became a consultant. I hear employee complaints ranging from those who feel left out of the loop to those citing gossip and rumor-mongering as major problems in their organization.

What about you? What would you say is the number one unhealthy characteristic in your workplace?

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