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?