Avoiding Company Culture Whiplash

  • Extroverted management creating a program for introverted employees. These software engineers were introverted, they did not want to have their photo blown up to larger than life size for all of their peers. Or to be compared and singled out from their colleagues who were the list of ‘losers’. They certainly didn’t want to have to walk up to the stage to their CEO to cement this invasion of their privacy for an award which they don’t understand.
  • European vs an American style of working and communicating. Americans are often seen as fake and loud to their European counterparts. They have less of an appetite in so grandly celebrating what they see as normal day to day functions. Being rewarded for something which should be innate doesn’t make sense to them.
  • Manager’s secret delegation of the winner. The feedback from employees after the program fail was that they didn’t like the idea that management chose the employee without transparency or any clarity on why this person was selected. They saw this as a political move by management and didn’t trust them to be fair.

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