8 Signs Of A Toxic Work Culture

What do your employees think of their place of work? Do they feel supported and empowered as they carry out the organization’s mission or is the culture in the office taking a toll on their emotional and physical health?

According to Shaara Roman, founder and managing partner of the Silverene Group in Arlington, Va., incivility is at an all-time high in the workforce. She discussed eight reasons a nonprofit could have human resources issues during a session at the recent annual AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

Those eight points include:

  • Employees are afraid of speaking up;
  • You only hear positive, not constructive feedback from your employees;
  • Your rules exist to keep employees in line;
  • Information flows from the top down;
  • Decisions made in meetings are unmade elsewhere;
  • You have favorites and everyone knows who they are;
  • Employees spend most of their time managing your ego versus managing your vision; and,
  • There are always lots of new employees but the organization isn’t growing.

If it feels as if more people leave than join, you might be receiving clues that your culture isn’t up to snuff, Roman told those attending the session.