Stay in a Bad Work Culture? When It (Surprisingly) Makes Sense

A beat-up businessman in the jungle shoring that there are few times when it makes sense to stay in a bad work culture

Should You Ever Stay in a Bad Work Culture?
Some people decide to stay in a bad work culture even though bad work cultures are unhealthy.  At the least they drain the self-confidence and the motivation of employees to do their best; at the worst they are abusive, demeaning and unfair.  A bad work culture can threaten your health and wellbeing.

The Definition of Work Culture
We define work culture as how things truly get done in an organization.  Work culture can be measured by understanding the way people think, behave and work.  This includes the known and unspoken values and assumptions that drive key business practices and behaviors.

Work culture is what new employees need to learn to be “accepted as a member” and what makes the organization “feel and act” like itself.

Four Situations Where It Surprisingly Makes Sense to Stay in a Bad Work Culture
While it is easy to suggest that no one should stay in a bad work culture, employees tell us there are some situations where it might make sense to stay in that bad cultural jungle a little bit longer.

1.  You Can Make a Difference
Is there something you are in a position to do that will quickly and vastly improve the situation? Perhaps there is an unsafe condition in the workplace that has upset and turned away employees over time but has just come to your attention. If it is something that you can change simply and practically overnight, don’t abandon ship.

Make the change and use your influence for good to see that the environment steadily improves.

2.  You Can Stay with the Company but in a Different Capacity
Is it just your team and manager that are dragging you down? Might there be a safer, less stressful role on another team?  Weigh your options.If you are committed to the organization and its mission as a whole, it might make sense to stay…but in another role and with a different team and better manager.

3.  Things Are on the Upswing
As bad as the workplace environment has been, you see slow but steady improvement.  It might be worth your while to capitalize on the time you have contributed at the firm and bide your time as the cultural toxins in the workplace dissipate.

4.  You Are Not Ready to Lose Your Investment
You have invested time at the company and gained expertise in your field. Think about your career as a whole.  Does it make sense to continue to learn what you can while you can?

If your answer is “yes,” set a deadline to reconsider.  If the culture is truly unhealthy, do not trade on your own well-being.  Give it a bit of time but don’t stay just because you are reluctant to make a change.  Change can be good…for you and for your career.

The Bottom Line
If you choose to stay in a bad work culture, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.  Be honest with yourself.  Evaluate the impact of the negative culture on you, your family and your career.  If the balance tips toward your risking your own physical and mental health, get out.  As one door closes, another, and likely better, one will open.

To learn more about good and bad work cultures, download Top 5 High Performance Culture Warning Signs

Share:
Facebook Twitter Google+ Email LinkedIn

Comments are closed.

LSA custom designed a Management Development program that is absolutely “on target” for our technical managers. Their facilitator has done a superb job delivering the material in a way that is fast paced, highly interactive, and fun. She presents practical solutions to the people situations that our managers face every day. I regard LSA as an excellent partner that understands our business needs and a virtual member of our HR department.

Judith Onton
Vice President Human Resources

LSA has been a tremendous asset to my portfolio, both at my current company and my past company. As an HR leader, I am always looking for ways to find external resources that can provide a solution to our management training needs. LSA does that for me. Their solutions are presented in a much more leadership-oriented manner so as to be crisp, business relevant, and easy to apply right back on the job. I will continue to augment our programs using LSA solutions.

Ken Boehm
VP of Human Resources

For our go to training outsourcing partner, LSA provides exactly what we want. As always, they deliver outstanding work!

Elizabeth Siebert
Director, Organizational Excellence & Development

Intuit

Here’s a token of my appreciation for ALL your efforts. I’m offering my most sincere appreciation, and it extends to all the folks who made our customized management development programs possible.

Susan Anderson
Workforce Planning Bureau

PalmSource has found our relationship with LSA extremely beneficial. We worked closely with LSA to customize the right Management Training Program solution to meet our unique business needs. LSA is a quality organization, one that I’d recommend to any company looking for a first class training and consulting partner.

Ken Boehm
Vice President of Human Resources

Thank you to LSA Global for their partnership and support in helping us to design and roll-out our valuable management development training program. I personally have partnered with LSA Global at four of my previous companies. It continues to be a delight working with LSA. We look forward to partnering with them at Blackhawk Networks for future training and consulting needs.

Suzanne Kinner
VP Human Resources

Blackhawk Network

We have worked with LSA Global for our learning and development needs and have always had great success. They helped us recently with customized Management Workshops that we held for the second time. It was fantastic, and I would highly recommend LSA to anyone that is attempting to get immediate and impactful improvements.

Mary Johnston
HR Manager, BU Radiology Informatics

We value our relationship with LSA Global. We came to LSA because we wanted to improve overall behavioral based interviewing capabilities of our managers to increase the probability of both hiring top talent and future leaders. LSA designed a highly customized solution for our business and culture. We are currently rolling out this solution to our leaders. I would highly recommend LSA Global as a top quality resource.

Rae Phillips
HR Project Manager - Training & Development, PHR

I highly recommend LSA Global to anyone who is looking to improve individual or organizational effectiveness through their top quality programs and broad range of expertise.

Greg Pappas
VP of Human Resources

I consistently look to LSA Global when I need custom programs put together for my client groups. I can always count on LSA to do a thorough needs analysis and to put together spectacular programs that are well received. Their management development and performance management expertise and professionalism make them one of my top-rated learning and development partners.

Stephanie Webb
HR Program Manager

Rambus

LSA helped to meet the needs of my teams within a very narrow timeframe. My team walked away with highly useful management tools and practices. LSA saved us time in delivering the right solution for our specific needs.

Sandeep Kumar
Director, Software Engineering, EPG

We engaged LSA to design and deliver a 6-month custom executive coaching program for a group of our key leaders. The focus of the program was to help a core group of senior leaders to leverage previous investments in management training, to ensure the engagement and retention of key employees, and to push critical strategic initiatives forward. Even with the high expectations of our senior people, LSA has completely exceeded our expectations. I would recommend them to anyone looking to create and implement a custom coaching methodology using proven tools to drive true change.

Ivan Fukumoto
Senior HR Manager - Staffing, Training, & Development

The Managing Virtual Teams program was extremely valuable. Your consultant/ facilitator’s fundamental knowledge of Synopsys as a company provided an incredible base to build upon while tackling the complications of managing and working with globally distributed teams. My team walked away walked away with highly useful practices and tools. It was an excellent use of our time.

Debra Martucci
Vice President, Information Technology

LSA helped change our entire culture around meetings, making them more effective and efficient, thus enabling us to concentrate on driving more business.

Terry Wassman
VP of Human Resources

I had been working with LSA for many years with my prior company. Currently, I’m with a company who hadn’t done much basic management skills training. After identifying and presenting a program recently, our managers are excited and talking in the halls about the great experience. LSA saves us time in delivering the right training for our needs.

Phyllis Moracco
HR Director

Evaluate your Performance

Toolkits

Toolkits

Download key published insights and tools from industry experts highlighting best practices in the areas of talent, strategy and culture.

More

Health Checks

Health Checks

Want to know how you stack up against leading organizations?  Receive a complimentary benchmarking analysis courtesy of an LSA Expert.

More

Whitepapers

Whitepapers

Get up to speed on timely solutions critical to your business. Published by LSA Experts based upon client feedback and key industry trends.

More

Methodology

Methodologies

First we identify the key metrics you want to improve. Then we assemble a dedicated team of elite experts who have successfully solved similar problems with similar clients.

More

Blogs

Stay up to do date with the latest information on how we help high growth companies align their culture and talent with strategy.

More

Case Studies

Client Case Studies

Real world consulting and training approaches from LSA projects, providing insights on how your company can outperform the competition.

More