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, bad cultures drain the self-confidence and the motivation of employees to do their best; at the worst, bad cultures 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 corporate values and assumptions that drive key business practices and behaviors.
Work culture is also 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.
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
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