Signs of a Toxic Workplace
A toxic workplace is an environment that is physically and psychologically unhealthy and potentially damaging to employees. Prolonged exposure to this type of culture can cause substantial emotional harm, yet it’s something that many employees endure for one reason or another. Here’s a brief list of questions to evaluate whether you’re working in a potentially volatile or poisonous culture.
- Have you been asked to falsify reports or cover for/lie on behalf of colleagues?
- Have you not been given credit for the ideas you’ve developed?
- Have you been expected to do the work of multiple people without recognition for your efforts?
- Are different employees at your workplace held to a different set of rules and have policies been administered inconsistently?
- Do office politics play an unreasonable role in the management of the organization?
- Are fear and intimidation used often?
- Have you been exposed to lewd, sexist, racist, or unprofessional behavior while on the job?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be facing a toxic work environment that could be detrimental to your well-being. It may be worth speaking with someone in HR, senior management, or even a trusted legal professional to determine whether the situation can be remedied. Before you do discuss your issues with one of those resources, it’s important to document as much as you can about the issues you’ve experienced. Sometimes simply communicating your concerns to those in charge can be the catalyst for positive change. But if you’re feeling threatened physically or mentally, you’ll most likely be better off simply moving on to a new place of employment.