Many organizations struggle to develop a winning company culture. In fact, 87 percent of HR and business leaders acknowledged that a lack of employee engagement has emerged as their No.1 issue, according to research from Deloitte. Only 12 percent said they have a program in place to define and build a strong culture, and just 7 percent rate themselves as “excellent” in measuring, driving and improving engagement and retention. Given the findings, it’s safe to conclude that many organizations are facing employee morale issues. When taken to extremes, these issues reflect what’s known as a “toxic workplace,” a company that represents the worst in organizational dysfunction, and/or counterproductive processes, and/or stress overload, and/or hostile environments
Wondering if your organisation is a toxic workplace? Here are a few signs :
- Poor Communication – There is little feedback on your work. If there is, it’s mainly harsh and negative rather than constructive. Rarely, is there any positive recognition. There is little communication between coworkers. Communication between management and staff feels at odds and us vs. them mentality.
- Leadership is Unsupportive – Leadership does not seem to listen or value your ideas. Your goal and growth as an individual are not reflected in your work. Your boss does not support you or does not seem to care about your success.
- Negative Outlooks – Everyone in the office seems to have a bad attitude. It may be a result of intense competition placed on coworkers, high turnover, or office drama. Your gut is telling you something is wrong.
- No Work-Life Balance – You are consistently working more than your personal limitations. The quality of your personal relationships have diminished. Your health has also taken a backseat to your job. Losing sleep and increasing stress may cause you to be sick more often. You find yourself dreading going to work on daily basis.
Any of these signs sound familiar? Do you think a person should stay in a toxic work environment just because the money is good? Let me know your thoughts.