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Don't let stress and a crazy pace kill your culture

Sarah K. White | June 28, 2016
Whether it's a cool new startup or a well-established tech giant, culture is a huge part of success in the tech industry. But there are common problems with company culture that span the entire industry -- and it's hurting productivity.

The responsibility falls on everyone in the company to help improve the overall culture, not just on upper management or HR. Leaders in the company should focus on fostering innovation, alleviating and acknowledging the pressure employees are under, supporting constructive dialogue and creating a safe environment for employees to speak up. It's about understanding your employees, acknowledging their hard work and creating a sense of purpose, says Maxfield. For employees, alleviating these issues will involve focusing on the best parts of your job and connect it to your values. He also suggests speaking up when your plate is too full, bringing attention to any inconsistencies you find in the workplace and to avoid engaging in a culture of silence.

"The best employees and the best leaders find ways to do more than survive these challenges. They figure out how to thrive -- to turn these challenges into advantages for themselves and their teams," says Maxfield.


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