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How to identify a toxic work environment

How to identify a toxic work environment

How to identify a toxic work environment 2500 1309 Notable Communications

You’ve just survived another week at work. You have a nagging feeling of emptiness, but aren’t sure why. While returning to work mode may be a physical and mental change, you shouldn’t feel nauseated upon entering the building.

Unfortunately, some places of work are toxic environments. You cannot sustain lasting and meaningful change, particularly if you feel like just another cog in the machine.
Sometimes our friends and family may not understand how we feel or think we are overreacting. If “It can’t possibly be that bad!” “Maybe you have a critical attitude…” or “Be grateful you have a job!” sound familiar, this post is for you.

Workplace toxicity is real. Is your work environment damaging? Do you need a change of pace and / or career?

Before looking outward, let’s examine our own thought processes. Ask yourself:

  • Why am I unhappy?
  • Is my sense of self-worth bound to what I do?
  • Does my work bring meaning to my life, and to the lives of others?
  • What can I do on a practical level to change how I feel?

Whatever your answers,  examine the causes of your unhappiness. If external forces beyond your control are making you miserable or anxious, and if most of them emanate from your work or working conditions, check toxicity levels.

Do you identify with these scenarios?

  • Scenario A: You pitch a new idea to a client, and it has gone badly. Your boss proceeds with blame and shame tactics–pointing the finger at you for this failure.
  • Scenario B: Your coworkers are glum, despondent, and unenthusiastic. They constantly complain. Tension, stress, and a generalised sense of anxious dread pervade. You feel physically tense.
  • Scenario C: Gossip—innocent or malicious—is a standard workplace feature. People are at each other’s throats. They partake in public arguments and disagreements. There is a pervasive undercurrent of stress and nervousness. You feel the need to watch your back.
  • Scenario D: There is constant conflict, a culture of blame and seeing failure as failure, or a general moroseness—no one is
  • Scenario E: You’ve plucked up the courage to confront your boss or manager about the workplace culture, people’s general unhappiness, and / or the emotionally charged atmosphere. They don’t get what you’re saying. Or they outright deny this is a genuine concern.

If you can relate to one or more of these scenarios, your organisation is probably a toxic workplace. No one should work under these conditions.

If you plan to leave soon, read the next post.

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