Is Culture Slip Unknowingly Infiltrating Your Company Culture?

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Many years ago, I was working with a company who were recognized as a Top Workplace.

They were low on the list, but they were getting a lot of things right and taking the right approaches.

However, they still noticed that their engagement was lower than they had hoped, and the employee trust was not where they needed it to be.

They wanted to improve, and they needed to find a way to get ahead of the game.

This then showed that their culture was slipping to subpar, so they needed to find a way to get out of that slip and rebuild their culture to make it stronger.

To build that trust back up and increase their employee engagement, they needed to get down to the root of the problem and see how they could create more positive change.

In the dynamic world of business, where innovation and progress reign supreme, there’s an unseen force silently chipping away at the foundation of even the most well-meaning companies. It’s called “Culture Slip.”

Culture Slip is that subtle erosion of the organizational culture, lurking just beneath the surface, unnoticed until it’s too late.

Picture this: a company with a reputation for a great culture. The perks are abundant, the mission is noble, and the leadership seems genuinely caring. But bubbling just under the surface are the unspoken grumblings of employees who feel left out, unheard, and disconnected.

Even the most well-meaning leaders can inadvertently spark this disconnect, especially in fast-paced environments where uncertainty is rampant.

But it is all about how you address those disconnections within those workplace cultures with the employees.

In Caring Leadership®, we recognize Culture Slip as the silent and unseen culture crusher. It starts small, almost imperceptible, like a hairline fracture in a sturdy wall.

Leaders at the C-suite level may unknowingly create this gap by failing to engage with front-line employees, by making decisions without considering their input, or by neglecting to communicate effectively.

The result? A workforce that feels undervalued, disenfranchised, and disengaged. And by the time the cracks begin to show, it’s often too late to repair the damage.

But there is hope. By recognizing the signs of Culture Slip and taking proactive steps to address them, companies can safeguard their culture and ensure the long-term success of their organization.

To ensure your employees are seen and heard, you need to make sure that you communicate openly and be transparent so that there is enough room for every employee’s voice to be heard and for them to be seen. Communication is key to establishing successful employee engagement results. It requires empathy, a deep desire to improve employee experience, and a genuine commitment to caring leadership at all levels of the organization.


As mentioned in my opening story, Culture Slip can happen in subtle ways when leaders least expect it. In order to improve your workplace culture, you need to be open to changing your behaviors and commit to cultivating more open communication and empathy.

So, let’s work together to combat Culture Slip and build workplaces where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. Because when we prioritize our people, we pave the way for a brighter future for all.


In this episode, Heather delves into the often overlooked threat of “Culture Slip” within organizations, where even the most well-intentioned companies can fall victim to its subtle erosion of workplace culture. Through three key steps rooted in the principles of Caring Leadership, she explores how leaders can identify and combat Culture Slip before it irreparably damages their organization. By fostering open communication, empathy, and a genuine commitment to caring leadership at all levels, we can ensure that every voice is heard and valued, creating workplaces where everyone thrives. Tune in to learn how to safeguard your company’s culture and secure its long-term success.

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Heather R Younger is a highly sought-after speaker, 2x-TEDx speaker, diversity, equity and inclusion strategist, and contributor to leading news outlets. She is also the Founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement and consulting firm. After over 25,000 employee engagement surveys and years of working with organizations to transform employee engagement, here’s what Heather has seen over and over: When you know how to listen, employees will tell you exactly what they need to bring their full selves to work. Book Heather to speak at your event or organization.

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