I am a manager with fairly high performance demands working in a company that absolutely condones poor performance. At a corporate level, the companies goals and my own align very well but I find that by the time we reach our direct support employees (whom I manage), laziness, slacking off and using company property/time for personal goals is not only normal but rewarded.
In the small area of the company I manage I have worked to impart my own work ethic and high standards on my team with some success.
However, I run into a stumbling point when my employees ask me why we should work so hard when other teams slack off and with little consequence. I have no answer for them as the company's pay is truly atrocious and no consequences ever seem to land on the other supervisors' team. There are no rewards in place for exceptional employees either except for the occasional bit of praise.
I have spoken to my director several times and while she shows interest in remedying these problems, her constant workload and the fact that is a culture that pervades the entire company mean that not much happens.
What should my move be? Should I cut my team some slack on less important tasks to keep them on board with the most important stuff or should I maintain my high standards at the expense of my employees trust?