A poor attitude ruins everything. Nobody at the party wants to hang out with the person sulking in the corner. A poor attitude affects performance. So why does it rear its ugly head so often in the workplace? And how do you fix a company culture with employees who no longer have that spark?
Disengaged employees are not rare – unfortunately. According to Gallup, disengaged employees cost the US economy $350 billion a year in lost productivity. That’s a lot of lost revenue! Employees who are not engaged in the workplace create a toxic environment for other employees. Who wants to work with someone who hates what they’re doing? Many times, companies who find themselves with disengaged or dissatisfied employees want to solve the problem quickly, despite the lack of foresight on the real root of the problem.
Companies with toxic cultures breed toxic employees, and toxic employees create toxic cultures. So how does a company turn their poor culture around? As messy as the problem sounds, it’s really quite simple. Change the attitude of your managers and executives. Managers who are disgruntled affect the performance of their entire team. This top-down approach places the responsibility on managers to lead by example. If you want a great culture, you need a great boss. Employees who work with disengaged or poor managers will not stay motivated for very long.
Managers are responsible for the work that their team produces; as well as the dynamic of how their team works well together. Attitude is everything. A team that is not challenged or motivated by their supervisor, will not produce the quality they are capable of making.
To change a culture, it takes patience. If managers are not willing to change, then you know they no longer have the mission and goal of the company in mind. In order to change a culture successfully, every manager needs to reevaluate why they are working there. What made them choose to work at the company in the first place. Managers and executives who truly believe in the company will find the motivation to change.
Once the attitude of the managers and executives are consistent with a good company culture, it is only a matter of time before things start to turn around – for the good.
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