94: How Micro-managing created a toxic work environment [CASE STUDY]

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The Away travel brand went from a fast-growing popular brand to the epitome of the new toxic work environment leading to one of the CEO’s & co-founder stepping down.

A workplace can become toxic by inches, like a lobster boiling in a pot of water, before you know it the environment has taken it’s toll mentally & physically.

In this episode, we take a look at the toxicity that Away’s CEO Steph Korey’s micro-managing created, and the way the companies ‘values’ were used to manipulate its employees into working underpaid hours in difficult conditions. 

This is the first case study where we break down the toxic work environment, how it happened, and what could have been done differently.

What you’ll hear in this podcast:

  • The Away company was a toxic workplace
  • How the employees were manipulated
  • How Micro-managing impacted the environment
  • How a companies Mission Vision & Values was used against staff
  • The use of SLACK as the only means of communication and how that impacted communication
  • Bullying with a smile
  • How public shaming was used to keep employees in line.
  • What was done right
  • What went wrong
  • How fear isolated individuals
  • How loyalty was used to manipulate

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