Spotting the signs of a hostile workplace

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2019 | Firm News |

Every job usually has an element of stress at one point or another. Whether you work under deadlines or have a quota to meet, it is not unrealistic to feel like you work under pressure on some days.

However, is there a difference between the occasional stressful day and a constant feeling of dread when crossing the threshold? The hostile work environment may have only been a myth in the past, but now, more and more employees complain that the stress of their workplace manifests physically. Can you spot the signs that your workplace is making you sick?

Belligerent bosses

Hollywood has made light of bad bosses, but the truth is, they can wreak havoc around the workplace. Managers who strike fear into everyone may feel like they get more out of their employees, but in reality, they bear considerable responsibility for causing the following:

  • Burnout
  • Dysfunctional teams
  • Anger
  • Depression

A true leader should not have to rule by fear. If your boss causes a stir when he or she takes to the floor, your environment is toxic.

Negativity abounds

Emails may pour in by the ton, but look closely at the language. Dismissive or overly negative communication signals hostility. This type of attitude tends to spread rampantly. What may have begun as motivation soon turns degrading. Pay attention to the way people communicate through writing – and with each other – to help figure out if your work falls into this bucket.

A revolving door

Does it seem like there is always a fresh face around the office? Do you have a hard time keeping up with who has come and who has gone? A high turnover rate is a sign that there is something amiss around the workplace. If there is an office betting pool going on who will quit next, you may want to bet on yourself.

A toxic work environment may lead to physical and mental illnesses. If your office makes people physically or mentally ill, you may want to consider either changing jobs or seeking help.

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