A Q&A With McKinsey Veterans: Why Work Culture Matters More Than Money

Jane Bianchi

PrimedtoPerform hc cSalary bump? Check! 401(k) match? Check! Good health care benefits? Check!

An awesome culture? Hmmm …

It may sound silly to inquire about workplace culture when you’re thinking about making a career move, but when it comes down to it, if you work in a toxic environment, money can only go so far in keeping you happy at work.

Did you happen to catch all the headlines over the summer about Amazon‘s bruising corporate culture? You know, the ones that regaled us with tales of backstabbed workers reduced to tears?

That kind of toxic workplace culture comes as little surprise to husband-and-wife team Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor, who fell in love while working at the revered management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

The duo has racked up 20 years of experience helping to create positive workplace environments across a diverse array of companies—from nonprofits to Fortune 500’s.

“In basically all of them, we’ve observed an epidemic of unhappiness and stress—even at companies that should have been awesome places to work,” McGregor says. “Neither the organizations nor the people were achieving their highest potential, and we fundamentally believed that it didn’t have to be that way.”

That belief inspired them to not only found their own consulting company, Vega Factor, but also write a new book based on their research, “Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation.”

The couple’s core argument: Even if you’re steeped in workplace negativity, there are simple strategies that people can adopt to bring about change.

We sat down with the power couple to hear more about how to create a power workplace culture.

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  • MTH

    So true; I hated my last job even though it was a promotion and took a better job without the status recently and I am much more happier.