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Battling toxic company culture—without leadership buy-in
feat. Laura Skinner, Chief People Officer at Tempo
In this episode...
Before joining Tempo, battling toxic workplace culture was Laura’s day-to-day. This wasn’t passive aggressive notes on the office fridge—this was a cycle of belittlement, physical intimidation, and outright sexual harassment.
After individuals shared their experiences with her, Laura tried to remove the perpetrators from the team, regardless of their wider performance. But instead of backing her, management told her to silence those who had spoken out.
You’ll hear what happens to company culture when results are valued above all else, why HR folks sometimes end up as ‘emotional sponges’, and how trust has a transformative effect on workplace wellbeing.
About the guest
Laura has over a decade of experience in HR, spending time in corporate giants like Tesco, BT, and Natwest, before transitioning to the startup scene.
As Chief People Officer at Tempo, she’s there to make sure companies grow sustainably—and to protect their culture in the process.
Oliva is the employee mental wellbeing platform for companies who want to properly care for their people, and help them grow.
By combining proper therapy courses, coaching (the good kind), dedicated support for managers, and mental fitness classes—all led by a curated team of top professionals—Oliva helps employees respond to whatever hurdles life throws at them: big or small, at work and beyond.