Blame is the number one toxic behavior inside organizations – at least according to a 2018 People Acuity research study of over 2,000 people across the globe. Interestingly enough, in that very same study, over 50% of all organizations scored the highest possible blame score on a culture assessment, and another whopping 33% were identified as moderate-blame organizations. Think about what that means if you are part of the 83% of organizations that have moderate or high blame! What does that mean if you are a coach trying to move an organization to higher performance, productivity, engagement or results? It means the Blame Barrier is standing in your way and in the way of your clients!
How big is the impact?
In a 2018 global study led by two doctorate-level psychologists from the People Acuity psychometrics team, 50% of the 1,300 individuals in the study identified their organizations as having the highest possible blame levels. Only 17% identified their organizations as having low blame. The contrast is startling! As you can see, if you are in a high blame organization, the likelihood that you would have high Work Joy is 4%, versus 64% if you are in a low blame organization. The contrast is even greater for Team Connection and Proactivity.