Making Sure Giving Behavior Doesn’t Go To Far. One drawback of unmanaged giving cultures is that people can spend too much time giving, and too little time doing their own work. Successful cultures build-in time limits for giving activity. Others set aside certain hours for giving or certain hours where no one can be interrupted.
I believe one thing that distinguishes organizational cultures is whether the cultures themselves are framed by “giver” or “taker” philosophies. And you can feel the difference when you are in each and you know which the right fit is for you.
At our company and in our consulting work, we often use the 12 questions Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman developed in their wonderful, ageless book First, Break All the Rules. They had done years of research for the Gallop organization on what makes a high-performing work culture.