A Culture of Toxicity and Cronyism
Mental Health Practitioner (Former Employee) – Brainerd, MN – August 21, 2018
Northern Pines is a community mental health center that exists to serve the most disenfranchised and high risk populations, but the ability to serve these clients with the honor and care they deserve is hindered by the toxic culture of the agency. There are many staff members within Northern Pines that are bright and talented individuals, but their curiosity is often viewed as a challenge and their verve is stifled by management. Cronyism also plays a role in the poorly selected leadership team; from the Executive Director to the entire management team. As a community mental health center there is a blinding need to have a healthier culture and to support the mental health of the staff. This agency has the ability to be a cornerstone of the community that fosters collaboration in a growth and learning environment, but currently it exists as an unhealthy, low quality, shame based agency that thrives on dysfunction.
My advice: focus on shifting culture rather than paying lip service to values that don’t currently exist.
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