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13 Alarming Signs of a Toxic Team Culture

A good corporate culture improves employee retention, and, mostly, big MNC’s win the best employees by offering the best work culture. Existing teams play a pivotal role in designing a suitable work culture for new members.

Organizations spend money on employee training and development programs. This helps in forming dynamic teams that can take better decisions, deliver better results.


In this article at Age of Product, Stefan Wolpers narrates how difference of opinion in a team may lead to toxic work culture. The author believes that failure to accommodate outsiders by the in-house team members leads to a toxic team culture.

The Grim Reality

Often organizations outsource skilled freelancers to support in-house teams. However, instead of better outputs, leaders see a lack of coordination between the internal and external teams. Here is what could be the reasons for it:

  1. Division based on employment type
  2. Accountability and product ownership
  3. Difference in career in objectives
  4. Hiring of submissive externals
  5. Internals’ affinity to take sole ownership of a project
  6. Externals being deprived of corporate infrastructure like WiFi.

In fact, there are other factors responsible for creating this grim reality. The author termed it as “Equality and Diversity.”

  1. Disparity among developers
  2. Allocation of insignificant tasks to juniors
  3. Lack of interaction with remote teams
  4. Conscious effort in avoiding communication
  5. Lack of diversity among team members
  6. Continuous alteration or fluctuation in teams

Often organizations lament the lack of high performers to deliver quality outcomes. On the flip side, they are not willing to invest. To establish par excellence work culture, it is essential to choose right resources. To strike the right chord, organizations need to establish a work balance by bringing diversity in teams and equality among employees.

If organizations offer a suitable work culture, employees will reciprocate by delivering quality work and high ROIs. Success or failure of an organization is dependent on customer and employee satisfaction. Read the original article by clicking the following link:

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