After eight months of working in her new role as a senior associate, Sarah noticed significant changes within her organization that made her very uncomfortable. She tried to offer her feedback, but no one took her seriously. As a result, the organizational culture was slowly shifting from one that was very inspirational and motivational to one that breeds toxicity.
Sarah, sensing that the organization did not value her work again, became very disengaged; she kept her head under the radar while looking for a new job, losing all enthusiasm. According to Tim McClure, when passionate employees become quiet, it usually sends a signal that the work environment has become very dysfunctional.
People don’t lose their motivation and inspiration overnight; it’s always a combination of small and big things that creeps into the organization slowly and consistently over time. So when you have a team passionate, inspired, and motivated to help the company achieve its vision while fulfilling its purpose, you must do everything in your power to ensure that this team keeps this vibe. Otherwise, you run the risk of pushing away great talent while settling for mediocrity.