What is the Nut Island effect?

Nut Island Effect definition

The Nut Island effect is a phenomenon in companies in which teams of highly committed employees become isolated from managers' attention, causing the team to fall apart.

The Nut island effect usually occurs within teams of highly committed, skilled and motivated employees. Leaders and managers often give the team’s ability to function independently without support for granted. This translates into a gradual marginalization from the rest of the organization, and a team that becomes closed off to outside influence.

What are the causes responsible for the Nut Island effect?

  • Management distraction and team autonomy – Exists an environment where management is focused on other issues and the team is united, highly motivated and skilled. The team thrives on autonomy. This translates into the team reducing or completely stopping communication with management.
  • Presumptions and dissatisfaction – Management gives for granted team self-sufficiency and begins to neglect when assistance is needed. This results in team resentment towards management.
  • Separation – The team cohesiveness and dissatisfaction of management results in a separation: limited communication and refusal of assistance from outside the team.
  • Self-rule – To meet external requirements, the team creates self-imposed regulations which can generate occult problems.
  • Inevitable systemic failure and collapse – Management negligence and erroneous team self-regulation become regular, resulting in recurrent failure and, eventually, collapse.
document verification

Document Verification

Fully automated. No Human-in-the-loop.

Learn more
1 Platform 8 checks

1 Platform - 8 Checks

Innovative Platform For Employment Vetting

Learn More
Tier 2 Sponsor Mock Audit

Tier 2 Sponsor: Mock Audit

Immigration compliance and right to work checks

Learn More

Use Complygate to increase confidence in decision making.

Learn more


Check our blog for latest industry news and update about new releases.

Complygate is the best HR software for SMEs.

12 Apr 2021

Agile High Potential Employees (HIPO): The Future of Fashion

One trendy area for HR practitioners concerns the management of so-called ‘high potential employees’ or ‘HiPo’ or ‘HIPO’. Is this the future of fashion for Employee Resourcing?

Read More
08 Apr 2021

Are Employees Working Harder in Lockdown?

Work outside the normal working hours during the lockdown has contributed to serious health issues amongst the remotely-working workforce.

Read More
06 Apr 2021

4 steps to a better Candidate Experience in 2021

Employers are the ones who now feel forced and pressured to make a good first impression, at the same time giving them a good experience.

Read More