You carefully crafted the perfect culture when you first started your small business, but now, something just seems off. You don’t know what, but you’re afraid that your company culture is crumbling.
10 Signs Your Culture is Crumbling
If that sounds like your small business, keep reading to find out if it’s true.
1. It’s Too Quiet
There’s usually a constant hum in the office – people are talking to each other, laughing, sharing ideas. But now, it’s eerily quiet. You can hear a pin drop.
If your employees are emailing each other instead of talking face-to-face, there’s probably a pretty big problem.
2. Employees are Pointing Fingers
Not everything is going to go perfectly all the time. Mistakes will happen. But, in a healthy culture, everyone realizes that these mistakes weren’t caused by just one person, so everyone involved will share the blame.
In a crumbling culture, however, your employees will start to point fingers at each other. No one will be willing to step up and take responsibility.
3. The Office is Gross
If your employees are happy, they’re going to take pride in their workspaces – they’ll pick up after themselves and keep their desks neat (or at least tidy up at the end of the day).
But, if your employees are unhappy, they won’t pick up after themselves. If you notice that your office is getting dirtier and dirtier, you might have a problem with your culture.
4. No One Volunteers for New Responsibilities
If your employees are happy working for you, they’ll probably jump for a chance to take on some more responsibility – like working on the latest project or picking up an extra shift here and there.
In a crumbling culture, however, no one wants to do more than they have to. Maybe, people are looking for new jobs, so they don’t want to start something that they won’t be able to finish.
5. The Breakroom is Deserted
If everyone used to eat lunch together or get together in the breakroom for coffee breaks, but now no one is ever in the breakroom, your culture probably has some serious problems. Chances are, your employees are trying to avoid each other.
6. No One Gets Personal
Maybe there’s still a constant hum in the office, but if you listen carefully, you notice that no one is talking about anything personal. They’re only talking about work or, worse, they’re only talking about how much they hate their job, their boss, or even your customers.
7. People are Leaving
Sure, people leave jobs for perfectly valid reasons – like their spouse got their dream job in another town, or they want to stay home fulltime with their kids. But, if your employees keep leaving to take other jobs, it’s time to start figuring out what’s wrong.
8. Nobody Talks to You
If people have problems with how work is going, they should feel comfortable talking to you (or their boss) about it. If no one is talking to you about their problems, they might be afraid of you. Or, they think nothing’s going to change, so why bother?
9. Everyone Works Super Late
Sometimes, your employees will have to work late to finish up some project or to tie up loose ends before going on vacation. But, if everyone is working late all the time, it’s probably because of their work environment.
Take a look at how their work is assigned – are you setting unrealistic goals? If there’s no way anyone can get their work done during the work day, consider breaking up projects into smaller pieces or hiring some more team members.
10. Everyone Leaves Right at Quitting Time
The reverse is also a sign of a big problem – if everyone sprints out the door as soon as the clock strikes 5PM. That means that everyone is counting down to the end of the day, just waiting to get out of there.
In a healthy culture, your employees will meander out the door as they’re chatting with coworkers or making plans to grab a beer.
If any of those signs sound like your small business, don’t panic! Now that you know there is a problem, you can start figuring out what it is and how to fix it.