3 Red Flags That Indicate A Toxic Workplace
Have you ever walked into a shop or an office and felt a tense feeling that made you uncomfortable and anxious? Chances are you are in a toxic environment, and unfortunately, that is the everyday experience of many workers in the corporate world. In addition, toxic workplaces can be associated with workplace bullying. While much attention is given to red flags in relationships, there is little to no information on red flags concerning toxicity in the workplace. Fortunately, many people are beginning to have conversations about it. So even before you accept that job offer and find yourself in a sticky situation, here are some red flags that indicate toxicity and low productivity in a work environment.
If you notice that employees in a workplace have no sense of motivation or dedication to the business's productivity, know that they do not feel heard or seen are incredibly stressed. One good look around an office, and you can quickly tell a happy workforce from those just there for a paycheck. There are other questions to answer in this regard. For example, do the workers have any creative freedom or are they supposed to obey orders without question? Well-motivated co-workers, both intrinsic and extrinsic, can put in their very best in doing what they have been assigned to do. This positive attitude towards work can have a ripple effect on co-workers.
Questionably high employee turnover
High employee turnover is one of the noticeable signs of toxicity in the workplace. You should probably run for the hills when you notice that employees who work there start leaving in turns (fired or resign). Before going in for a job, you can make a background check on the organization to find out their employee turnover rate. There are sites such as Glassdoor that can help you get this information. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the employee median tenure is at 4.1 years. Compare the information you receive from people and when it falls below the red line, know that it's likely to be an organization with a toxic work environment.
Communication is key to every relationship, even professional ones. Unfortunately, many toxic workplaces have poor communication (verbally or even written) about what they need. The boss-employee relationship is a tell-tale sign of the kind of treatment you should expect. Are the managers making life unbearable for everyone? The worst of all is passive-aggressive communication. Sometimes you get into a specific office, and you notice that some co-workers are at loggerheads with each other due to what someone said or how it was said. The tone of communication is essential. How do you speak to people to get things done for you, and in what manner? Organizations or workplaces where each co-worker understands communication and does so professionally thrive, and you should desire to work there.
Workplace toxicity is a growing problem and cuts across all industries. But, unfortunately, not even your status or distinguished degree in health sciences will save you from a toxic boss.