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What are possible signs of a toxic workplace?

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2020 | Workplace Harassment

According to Business Insider, a 2017 survey found about one out of five workers reported that they had suffered current or past instances of workplace bullying. In spite of efforts to combat bullying and other forms of workplace harassment, many people in the state of California and across the United States still suffer hostile behavior from work colleagues. 

It might seem surprising that so many workplaces produce toxic environments, but part of the reason is that not everyone recognizes they are working in a place prone to harassment or bullying. Sometimes toxic behaviors can produce certain effects among your work colleagues that you may spot if you are on the lookout for them. 

Dispirited workers

Harassed or scared employees may feel they have no power to change their work environment and will not speak up about bad workplace behavior. They may not say anything even during regular business meetings or gatherings. If it seems like only a select few ever talk during meetings and everyone else stays quiet, it could be a sign that your fellow workers feel too dispirited by a toxic workplace. 

Gossip and criticism

A toxic work environment often stifles clear and open communication. As a result, workers are more likely to misunderstand what is going on at the workplace, which can result in disgruntlement and arguments. Also, in a toxic workplace, superiors tend not to deliver praise when warranted, which can make workers feel unappreciated. 

High turnover rate

If you feel like the faces in your office are changing frequently, it is probably not a good sign. People who like their jobs want to stay for a while. Conversely, a toxic workplace is more likely to bleed workers who cannot stand the atmosphere and want to get out as soon as they can. 

Negative effects on your life

A toxic workplace can produce so much stress that it changes your everyday behavior. Some workers become irritable, withdraw from friends, or even experience health issues like sleep problems or weight gain. This can lead to unhealthy behaviors like alcohol or substance abuse. If a toxic workplace is ruining your life, you may need to seek help and deal with any issues of harassment or bullying you may suffer from. 

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