You know that your business’s success depends on both external and internal factors. The external factors of the public image and financial success combined with the internal factors of the company culture and workplace environment help a business thrive.
Lately, company culture has become a hot-button issue sparking concerns of legal violations prompting costly litigation.
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE ACTIVISION BLIZZARD DISPUTE?
By now, you’ve probably heard about the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard – the gaming and tech giant and creator of some of the most popular online games – for accusations of a toxic and hostile work environment. Employees filed complaints alleging:
- Sexual harassment
- Unequal pay
Now, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is involved. DFEH filed a lawsuit against the gaming company for violating state employment laws. As CNN reports, this lawsuit has been copied by employees against their employers across the country and has led to a crackdown on other tech companies.
COMPANY CULTURE IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE
The case against Activision Blizzard is not nearly the first involving issues in a company’s culture and won’t be the last. Movements like #MeToo and even the transition to working remotely all placed emphasis on company culture – and its significance is only increasing.
Your business’s success could boil down to your company’s culture and making sure it complies with the law. Therefore, it is critical for business owners and employers to take responsibility and take steps to build a positive company culture.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Concentrating on improving – and maintaining – the culture can be an important and proactive step to reduce that risk.
As a business owner and employer, be sure to:
- Consider all of the factors influencing your company’s culture
- Open lines of communication with employees to gain their perspectives
- Implement creative solutions to foster a good company culture long-term
Creative strategies are essential, as the business world is everchanging. You must be ready to change with it to protect your company.