5 Signs of a Fear-Based Workplace Culture

5 Signs of a Fear-Based Workplace Culture
From Recruiter - March 13, 2017

To create a high-performance work culture, managers must think of themselves as coaches, not compliance officers. In the past century and even more so in the last decadethe role of the manager has shifted dramatically. Research has proven time and again that to inspire the best work in people, managers must not create cultures of fear.

A fear-based work culture harms the morale of your best employees and ensures workers with room for improvement never reach their full potential. You might not even be aware that your organization promotes a fear-based culture, which is why its vital to check for the signs right now and take action as needed to educate managers and fix the problem before its too late.

Here are five signsthat your workplace may have a fear-based culture:

1. Employees Are Fleeing Your Company at a Rapid Pace

While employee churn is not necessarily a bad thing the era of the lifetime employee is over and millennials are changing positions every 1-3years on averagean uptick in the number of employees leaving your company for greener pastures may be a sign of a fear-based work culture.

More often than not, people leave their jobs due to bad management. Instead of blaming market forces or the inability to be competitive with compensation and benefits, look first to see if there is an issue with your managers and their management style.

2. Exit Interviews Suggest Managers Are Not Supportive

Even if employee churn is not trending upward, employee exit surveys can provide valuable informationabout problems within your company that you may not see otherwise. In a fear-based work culture, an employee may be too scared to share this information until they have their next opportunity lined up and are walking out the door. Dont overreact if only oneemployee citesfear-based management as a reason for leaving, but if employee after employee is highlighting the same issue, then you have a problem.

3. Your Managers Wont Tell You What Is Going Wrong


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