Toxic work cultures make Best Employees Quit- Published on June 11, 2019 Brigette Hyacinth

Whenever a boss acts like a dictator – shutting down, embarrassing, or firing anyone who dares to challenge the status quo – you’ve got a toxic workplace problem. And that’s not just because of the boss’ bad behavior, but because that behavior creates an environment in which everyone is scared, intimidated and often willing to throw their colleagues under the bus, just to stay on the good side of the such bosses.

A toxic company culture will erode an organization by paralyzing its workforce, diminishing its productivity and stifling creativity and innovation. Now more than ever business leaders need to be addressing issues of workplace toxicity. It makes the difference in retaining good staff and also whether your company fails or succeeds. Employees aren’t afraid to jump ship when faced with a toxic workplace—and it’s usually your high performers who will go first.

The biggest concern for any organization should be when their most passionate people become quiet.

10 Signs your workplace culture is Toxic

  • Company core values do not serve as the basis for how the organization functions.
  • Employee suggestions are discarded. People are afraid to give honest feedback.
  • Micromanaging -Little to no autonomy is given to employees in performing their jobs.
  • Blaming and punishment from management is the norm.
  • Excessive absenteeism, illness and high employee turn over.
  • Overworking is a badge of honor and is expected.
  • Little or strained interaction between employees and management.
  • Gossiping and/or social cliques.
  • Favoritism and office politics.
  • Aggressive or bullying behavior.

What’s the cure for a toxic work culture?

While toxic work cultures are the end result of many factors, it’s generally a combination of poor leadership and individuals who perpetuate the culture. It starts with those at the top. Leaders must show – Respect, Integrity, Authenticity, Appreciation, Empathy and Trust.

Toxicity in the workplace is costly. Unhappy or disengaged employees cost companies billions of dollars each year in lost revenues, settlements and other damages. Once you identify the major problems by gathering information. Develop a plan and follow through. It may mean training, moving or simply getting rid of bad bosses who are the root cause of toxicity in the work place. Show employees you care and are committed to improving their workplace environment. Your employees can be your greatest asset but it all depends on how you treat them.

Sadly, if you do not cure the cancer in the root of the tree, not only with the branches and leaves die; but so will the tree.

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Why did I do that?

“Edward L. Deci is a legend in the study of motivation, and the 1996 book Why We Do What We Do offers a nice early introduction to his work.”

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What should I do to be happier?

“In his book, Give and Take, Wharton professor Adam M Grant shows how giving at work can lead to greater happiness and success.”

Shawn Achor, positive psychologist advocate (TED Talk: The happy secret to better work)
See more of Shawn Achor’s favorite books.

How do I live in the moment?

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience illuminates the kind of life we should all be living. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi argues that one of the highest states of being is the state of flow — when you’re totally engaged in an activity, riding the narrow channel between boredom and anxiety. I talk about this book a lot, and try to live by it even more.”

Susan Cain, introvert champion (TED Talk: The power of introverts)
See more of Susan Cain’s favorite books.

How can I let myself be happy?

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert is a fantastic explanation of why we are so bad at planning what will be good for us.”

Stefan Sagmeister, designer (TED Talk: The power of time off)
See more of Stefan Sagmeister’s favorite books.

How do I make everyday decisions better?

“In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman explores how behavioral economics and cognitive biases influence our everyday decision making.”

Alex Laskey, energy-saving enthusiast (TED Talk: How behavioral science can lower your energy bill)
See more of Alex Laskey’s favorite books.

Why do we lie?

The Liar in Your Life, by Robert Feldman is a great book about how and why deception is eroding our culture. This deception expert, also a University of Massachusetts psychology professor, authored a famous study that found strangers lie to each other about three times in the first ten minutes of meeting each other.”

Pamela Meyer, lying expert (TED Talk: How to spot a liar)
See more of Pamela Meyer’s favorite books.


Books to help you answer big questions about yourself