Two important studies were published recently. Both provide actionable insights for business leaders – of teams, of divisions, of small businesses, of companies, and even of multi-nationals.

24/7 Wall Street shared their “Worst Companies to Work For” list. They analyzed employee reviews on, a platform where thousands of employees have rated thousands of companies from every possible industry. The average employee rating is 3.4 out of a 5-point scale. Today’s 18 worst companies have a score of 2.7 or lower.

Scott Dobroski, a Glassdoor community expert, says “the three top drivers of long-term employee satisfaction are company culture, career opportunities, and trust in senior leadership.” Companies that are unable to deliver that kind of positive environment suffer low morale and struggle to attract and retain talented employees.

The US Department of Labor’s monthly job openings and labor turnover report found that in May 2018 3.3 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs. That’s the highest quits rate since April 2001.

People don’t leave jobs – or bosses – they love. They leave jobs and bosses that don’t demonstrate authentic care and validation for their efforts and accomplishments.

You don’t have to live in one of the worst companies on the planet to feel discounted or unloved. TinyPulse’s 2018 Employee Recognition and Appreciation report found that 77% of employees do not feel strongly valued at work.

And, people have choices. Whether you’re a leader or a team member, one doesn’t have to stay in a lousy work environment. Life is too short!

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I outline how leaders can create workplace civility, sanity, and – God Forbid – validation to create a work culture where people thrive.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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S. Chris Edmonds

Chris helps leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work cultures. He's a speaker, author, and executive consultant. He blogs, podcasts, and video casts. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers: Good Comes First (2021) and The Culture Engine (2014).
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