Toxic Workforce

The Impact of a Toxic Workforce

Most of us spend the majority of our time at work. Hopefully that time is productive and positive, but what happens when it isn’t? Could your organization be a toxic environment? What defines a toxic work environment and how does it affect a company’s bottom line, its employees, and its productivity? A toxic workplace is simply defined as an unhealthy and damaging environment. Toxic behavior can be initiated at all levels in an organization, from top management on down. This can cause long term problems for employees ranging from personal health issues to more serious consequences: Individual Impact Decreased job satisfaction Physical problems; loss of sleep, increase / decrease of weight, high blood pressure Mental health problems; depression, paranoia Increased stress, potentially leading to violence Potential increased use of alcohol or drugs Toxic behavior not only hurts the employee, it undeniably extends to the organization: Organizational Impact Perpetuating behavior (one “rotten apple” can spoil the batch) Increased sick days High employee turnover Negative word-of-mouth Communication issues between management and employees The best way to address a toxic work environment and prevent these negative results is to identify the causes and behaviors that are behind it, and to remedy the...

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