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  • Writer's pictureKiki Thompson

Caught in the Crossfire: Witnessing the Fresh Blood March into the Corporate Jungle!

We've all been attracted by a sleek website, an inspiring mission statement, or an office straight from an Instagram feed. But what happens when we step aboard, and the glittering facade fades, revealing a reality far from the dream we were sold?

Truth - Company culture is about so much more than free snacks, quirky office spaces, and flexible hours. It's about shared values, genuine support, and fostering a sense of belonging. It's about collaboration, leadership, and how a company treats its employees - in good times and bad.

In recent conversations, I've been disturbed to hear that a number of candidates have quit roles because the environment was so toxic that it started to impact their mental health.

A toxic environment can lead to stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues, affecting not just your productivity at work but also your well-being outside of it. Remember, no job is worth compromising your mental health. 💔

So, how can we navigate this?

1️⃣ Ask the right questions: During interviews, ask about specific situations that reveal the company's core values in action. How is conflict handled? What is their approach to feedback and learning?

2️⃣ Connect with current and former employees: LinkedIn is a great platform for this. Seek their unfiltered insights to understand what lies beneath the surface.

3️⃣ Trust your gut: You are your best judge. If something doesn't feel right during the hiring process, it might well be a red flag about the company culture.

It's imperative to understand that a good company culture fit is a key determinant of your happiness, productivity, and professional growth. Never settle for less!

What are your thoughts or experiences on company culture? Let's break the silence and help each other navigate these challenging terrains! Together, we can create a ripple effect leading to healthier work environments. 🌱

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