In this Expert Insight Interview, Julie Bartkus discusses how one might go about detoxing a workplace and what a toxic workplace looks like in the first place. Julie Bartkus is an expert in leadership and healthy workplace culture and the founder of the Workplace Detox movement.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- Julie Bartkus’ experience with making toxic workplaces more productive
- How to find a balance between being positive and being productive
- Why amenities like pool tables and massage chairs don’t make a difference when it comes to employee happiness
Workplace Detox Movement
Julie Bartkus has been working with industry leaders for over 20 years, helping them transform their workplaces, and the name Workplace Detox only popped into her head relatively recently. Julie and her team look at what makes a workplace destructive and think about how to make it more constructive.
As it turns out, it is less about what managers and business owners need to do and more about what workplaces, in general, need to stop doing to create a more positive and productive environment.
Striking a Balance
Most people would agree that a more positive work environment is a good thing. Still, there comes the point in which managers might worry that the pendulum would swing too far in the opposite direction, making a workplace less effective and productive.
Because people struggle to achieve this balance, they often avoid being honest with their employees and team members rather than delivering the strong messages when they need to be delivered. If you’re a leader in any industry, you must try to be as transparent and vulnerable with your team as possible.
Why Turnover Happens
Getting his start in America during the “.com era,” John experienced first-hand the introduction of foosball tables, massage chairs, and dartboards into offices at the time. This seemed like a massive step toward employee satisfaction at the time, but as it turned out, they didn’t make much of a difference and are most often seen collecting dust in today’s offices.
All the amenities in the world are not going to help unless the management addresses the primary issues regarding company culture. As a leader, it is all about helping employees get in touch with the feeling of making a difference in the workplace. In Julie’s experience, turnover most often happens because people feel burnt out, leading them to check out mentally before physically checking out.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.