Benjamin Franklin said, “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” While he was talking about dollars and cents, the same can be said about workplace culture. We think its big issues that cause a culture to crumble and degrade, but it’s the small things that turn a great culture into a mediocre one.
It’s not asking what Tom did on the weekend.
It’s not telling Kristen you appreciate the time she spent on the latest project.
It’s expecting Sharon to respond to emails that could wait until after her vacation.
It’s not having a conversation with Dave after the meeting even though you think he felt put out.
And a thousand other small moments. It’s usually not a catastrophic storm that sinks a culture, just general carelessness.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
What small actions and behaviours create a great culture?
What might stop you from doing these things and cause your culture to decline?
What can you do as a team or organization to protect you from these small leaks?