As an employee, are you held accountable for work that you are unable to do well due to mismanagement of resources and/or a lack of tools (aka, proper technology)? Are you and your peers given directives to be creative and innovative, yet must suppress creative ideas for fear of being labeled “subversive” by the organization?
Your organizational culture might be codependent. The leadership needs, yet fears, their smart, creative workers. But creativity is not fostered because change is threatening to the comfortable status quo. Employee low morale is bad for teamwork – and that’s the point – then leadership can blame the employees’ lack of collaboration for the organization’s shortcomings. Over time, just like in an abusive relationship, the employee develops self-doubt and low self-esteem.
“It’s a bit like placing a frog in a pot of warm water that it is then set to boil. Because the temperature rises so gradually, the frog never even realizes it’s being cooked.”
-Article about “gas lighting”<Link>