3 Ways to Spot Cultural Cancers in Your Company and Cure Them

One teammate bringing a somber mood to the office is like secondhand smoke: The whole atmosphere becomes polluted and negatively affects those in the vicinity. If leaders don’t address it, employees will naturally wonder why — and could even lose trust in the company.

For example, shortly after launching one of my companies, my co-founder and I noticed an employee making frequent mistakes. The pattern began with relatively minor slip-ups, such as not properly filling out required paperwork. Instead of being proactive, the employee waited for instructions from others, did the bare minimum, and failed to take ownership of projects or mistakes.

However, these little mistakes weren’t the biggest problem: The employee’s lack of engagement was contagious.

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