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Does your Organization Have a Culture of Fear?

Is the culture at your workplace one of trust or fear? A culture of fear can creep into your organization insidiously, so it's best to know the signs before it becomes a problem. 

One hallmark symptom of culture of fear is that your organization's bottom-line is stagnating. Though this can happen for many other reasons, making sure your organization is built on trust will help prevent it. Other major symptoms that you may have a fear-based culture are employees are walking around with their heads down, shut down, and are too fearful to take initiative when they otherwise would. While these are some rather obvious signs, more subtle actions and behavior can also indicate an unhappy culture. 


Subtle Signs Your Organization Has a Culture of Fear

In our new online course, Proceed Until Apprehended, Dr. Michael Canady identifies a few subtle signs that your employees are unhappy and fearful. Watch the video to hear how the CEO of Holzer describes issues that can develop behind the scenes.



1. Back hallway talking

Employees having hushed conversations around the office or in more private spaces like the bathroom or break room can signal that people have something to hide and don't feel comfortable speaking in front of other colleagues.


2. Conflicting stories

People might tell one story at a meeting, but once they leave the room, they say something entirely different to those around them.


3. Unanswered questions

During leadership meetings, employees may feel their questions are never answered and the disappointment and frustration can translate to adverse body language, like crossing their arms, slouching, and a lack of eye contact.


4. Disruptive behavior

Disruptive behavior is a classic symptom of a culture of fear in which an employee wants to be noticed and acknowledged but go about it in the wrong way.


5. Inconspicuous behavior

When your employees are shutting down and trying to stay under the radar, it may be because they don't want to be noticed by leadership because they fear they’ll be targeted.

Excerpts from our self-study online course Proceed Until Apprehended

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