In times of stress and change, the business world is not an easy place to be. There are the usual challenges of longer hours and heavier workloads. However, when your culture is dysfunctional, your organization will not last long. Whether you're a concerned leader, an owner or an employee who’s questioning your own judgment, there are a multitude of signs to watch out for.
The most glaring? Your internal competition is worse than your external competition. Although some competition is healthy, teams that constantly fight with one another over executive support and resources impede progress. A culture in which employees criticize and belittle those in other groups, or target one department as the source of all angst (“You have to work with finance on that? I’m so sorry!”) is also disastrous for morale.
For more, head over to my Culture Beat column at the AMEX OPEN Forum.