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    Your Workplace Culture Sucks

    If you are like most small and medium-sized businesses, that it's true...but don't take my word for it, ask your employees.  If that sounds like a daunting task, chances are...I'm right.

    Unfortunately, most business owners and their key managers are so out of touch with their staff that the idea of fixing it is scarier than the conclusion that it's not-so-hot.  Here are 3 ways you can size up how strong (or weak) your office culture is;

    1. Hierarchy -
    Organizations have levels of hierarchy, that is a fact.  However, a hierarchy can often detract from workplace culture, limiting teamwork, innovation and business growth.  Whether it is practically instituting a management open door policy, having regular employee functions and incentive programs or building into the employee calendar mutual learning times, these all build into human capital and against uneccessary and bureaucratic hierarchy.

    2. Turnover - Losing people is not always a bad thing.  This comes back to the idea of "Strategic Quitting."  When you find people that aren't a fit, it's time to let them now.  It's losing good people, frequently, that should cause you some concern.  Generally speaking, people want to be a part of a winning team.  When Vince Carter & Tracy McGrady wanted out of the Toronto wasn't because they didn't like's because the team sucked, and they wanted to win!  Build a winning team by (a) Attracting winning people (b) Practice winning together.

    3. Relational Depth - How well do you know your staff? How well do they know each other?  This is not to suggest that introducing Wing-Night-Wednesday is a good idea...because it's likely not.  But understanding the challenges your staff face on a day-to-day basis, and some of their interests outside of work will allow you to build relationship capital inside of work.  Increase your attentiveness to your staff's strengths/weaknesses and likes/dislikes and I assue you that you will make better decisions in charting a course for each of them in your organization.