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NYT: Zynga’s Tough Culture Risks a Talent Drain

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Tough culture does not in and of itself repel great employees.

Google and Facebook both have tough cultures, but retention does not seem to be a problem for either.

There's something else at play at Zynga. Maybe it's because working on games isn't as meaningful to employees as organizing the world's information or making the world more connected.

Employees don't leave if they find their work meaningful.

I believe the majority of people would rather work on something less meaningful with good people than work on something very meaningful with assholes.

Can't remember the source on this one but someone once said, "People don't leave bad companies. They leave bad bosses." I think there's some truth in that.

Tough comes in different flavors too. Some people really thrive in a tough but fair environment. If they believe that factors within their control affect the respect, rewards or power they are accorded then people work hard.

If the metrics used to measure people don't seem fair, the performance of the whole team seems unchangeable, or the goals are not realistic then it does not motivate people.

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