For the sake of clarity let me qualify a term:
Broken Workplace - Mechanically, the team is not functioning as it should. Due to poor leadership, or morale, or competition, whatever (in reality they're all obviously intertwined). A "broken" workplace is one you dread to show up at because it is genuinely fubar and everyone else in the industry you've talked to agrees.
Successful people seem to understand a basic fight / flight principle in the workplace: when to get out and when to dig your heels in.
Personally, when I'm in a broken workplace (or really any situation) my instinct is to try and solve the problem. Usually it's a leadership thing, and the stem of the problem can be traced back to a small handful of factors. Successfully sticking around and trying to humbly act as a catalyst toward positive change is a long, uphill battle that in big companies can take decades.
Are there any specific, measureable conditions under which (barring HR issues) you should definitely quit because of a "broken" workplace? How do you know when it's a hopeless uphill battle? Or is it entirely dependent upon your willingness to lead?
Please realize this is a specific question. Possible answers would probably be of the form:
- No, there are not specific conditions, it's up to you and your specific circumstance
- Yes, in fact it's fairly measurable that workplaces with "X" attributes are ones you should definitely leave.
- You're asking the wrong question / misunderstanding this dynamic and here is why ...
I'm not in this situation, nor do I anticipate being in this situation anytime soon, but it's been a topic I've recently been reading about online and listening to in podcasts.