This Is the Science Behind Thriving Workplace Cultures


For all the talk surrounding Facebook’s Trending Topics over the past few weeks, one aspect of the story that hasn’t received much coverage is Facebook’s toxic work environment.

One former member of the Trending Topics team claims “poor management, coupled with intimidation, favoritism and sexism” resulted in a demoralizing environment and an unusually high number of employees quitting.

These complaints take the shine off an often-idealized view of Silicon Valley’s hip and friendly workplace culture. But Facebook’s culture woes are far from unique. Amazon came under fire for a similarly hostile work environment last year, and many have argued Microsoft’s biggest obstacle to growth might be its old-school culture.

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