In my experience, one of the most formidable powers in your workplace is peer pressure.  The ongoing anxiety by employees that their input and actions will be observed, judged, and possibly challenged by co-workers, associates, friends, and family.

When the culture (Leadership + Strategy) of your business reinforces continuous improvement and positive behaviors and relationships then the resultant peer pressure could be a game-enhancing tail-wind.

However, when your business culture reinforces avoidance, abdication, excuses, short-cuts, selfishness, or worse, then the relational pressure to challenge these negative headwinds will be too much to bear for all but your strongest willed employees.  In that situation, many will just “keep their heads down”, stay quiet, avoid conflict, do what they are told, and look for ways to just secure their jobs and paycheck.  At least for as long as the company stays in business.

Rob Marchalonis helps organizations improve their Leadership, Strategy, & Processes (LSP) so they can grow and prosper.  Connect with him at or