Pitfalls That Can Destroy Company Culture

culA great company culture today can create a poor company culture tomorrow.

Just ask Greg Schott, CEO of MuleSoft, a business software company that gained unicorn status in May with a $1.5 billion valuation. One thing he’s learned from working at several tech companies is that it can take years to build a great company culture, only to have it collapse very quickly. ?

Schott recently sat down with The New York Times to discuss common pitfalls that can disrupt a positive company culture. ??

1. Communication breakdowns

If your leadership team has a history of effective communication and suddenly stops keeping workers in the loop, it’s human nature for employees to assume a worst-case scenario is responsible, according to Schott.?

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“If people don’t feel connected to the leadership and they don’t feel like they understand where the company is headed, people will fill in the blanks, and often not with positive things,” he says.

2. Me-first leadership

Healthy growth will certainly boost morale at your company, but that positive spirit can collapse if your management team starts looking out for itself more than its workers.

“People pick up on that when decisions are made that are not necessarily with everybody’s best interest at heart,” he says. “It’s hard to put your finger on it, but it’s an attitude.”

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