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Dirty Dishes as a Proxy for Organizational Health

Feb 27, 2024

I have a pet theory that you can tell the health of an organization by the state of their communal sink Disclaimer: in my limited experience of small, 100-200 EE companies that don’t have dedicated cafeteria programs but do have microwaves and kitchenettes

Oftentimes, mugs and dishes pile up in the sink throughout the day. Sometimes certain civic-minded employees will take it upon themselves to transfer some to the dishwasher. But it inevitably becomes a Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout situation

The org (and specifically Management) has a couple of places to intervene, and I believe you can gather signal from their choice:

I think this is a useful lens to apply because this surfaces a lot of small but revealing things:


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