Is your heart always racing? Are you anxious all the time? Do you have fewer than six hours of sleep per night?
You are probably working in a toxic environment.
Toxic equals poison or poisonous. What items are toxic at your workplace?
As a side bar, it depends on what and how things affect you. What seems toxic to one person, may not with another individual. This is your call.
Inconsistency is rampant in offices where leaders do not know how to lead. As rules are defined, either in person or in the policies and procedures manual, if there are differences in how employees are treated, this inconsistency can lead to mutiny or employees will leave the workplace for another, more professional environment.
Inconsistencies in wages also makes for a toxic environment. When you discover that someone with similar experience, title, current work load, etc., is making more than you are, this will create a huge toxic blowup.
Long-term stress is toxic and can lead to auto immune issues, heart problems, digestive issues and other ailments. Stress is the largest problem in most companies, large and small.
If your boss acts like a dictator and refuses to hear employee feedback on a consistent basis, this too will create problems and lead to a toxic environment.
Any toxicity in the workplace is a workplace illness in and of itself. It can and does happen at small, medium and large businesses.
What’s the solution for you if your workplace is toxic? You can always leave and find something else; you can speak to your bosses’ boss and get some help there; you can corral a group of other employees, create a plan for healing at work and present it in a formal way to HR, your boss, or your bosses’ boss.
Although once a workplace is toxic, there is probably no way of changing it. The next step is up to you.
In the future, interview the company as part of their interviewing you. Ask to speak with other employees as well. Take your own action to determine if wherever you work, works well for you.
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