Is your workplace ‘high performance’, or simply ‘toxic’?

There has been a lot of talk of ‘high performance’ cultures recently, especially within the tech and finance sectors. A recent article in the New York Times describes Amazon’s culture as one where white-collar workers are encouraged to “tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late” and actively encourages colleagues to “provide critical feedback” on one another. The article suggests that among other factors, these practices bring about greater levels of productivity and creativity, helping realise “moonshot” goals of innovation and financial success.

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