It is crucial to be a part of a healthy work environment that allows for professional development, prospering and making lasting professional connections. And it’s sometimes tricky to spot when a workplace isn’t delivering.
If you’re an employee, there are many ways you can spot toxicity and report it to your employer. In this blog, we help you explore the signs of a potentially toxic work environment, here is 5 signs to spot you’re in one:
1. Poor communication
The most obvious sign of a toxic workplace is poor communication. If you find that your team members aren't communicating with each other, if they're not giving feedback or asking questions, or if they're just not communicating well in general—that's a sign of a toxic culture.
2. High turnover
Turnover is expensive and time consuming, so if your company has high turnover rates it's probably indicative of a toxic culture. If you see that people are leaving the company because they don't feel challenged (or are being given the wrong kind of challenges), that's a big red flag.
3. Exclusionary behaviour
When people feel excluded from company culture or from social activities at work, it can be incredibly harmful to morale and productivity. If you see employees feeling left out or excluded from important decisions or opportunities because of their gender/race/age/etc., take action immediately!
4. A lack of employee growth and development opportunities
When employees aren't offered opportunities for professional growth and advancement, both inside and outside the organisation, it's unlikely that they'll stay engaged for long periods of time without feeling bored or unfulfilled by their jobs. This can lead to high turnover rates as well as low morale among existing.
5. Unmotivated coworkers
If your coworkers appear unmotivated and lack excitement about their role, this may be a sign that your workplace has made them feel unappreciated. A lack of motivation in your colleagues may indicate a much bigger organisational issue and can directly impact your drive to do well. If your coworkers don't find purpose in their tasks, it can be much harder for you to find purpose as well. If you're taking on extra work as a result of your colleagues' attitudes, you may develop resentment towards those who've become disengaged.