10 Signs of a Bad Work Environment

10 Signs of a Bad Work Environment

10 Signs of a Bad Work Environment

Many companies face employee morale issues, but, when taken to extremes, it can turn a firm into a "toxic workplace"—one that's organizationally dysfunctional.

Revised on Feb. 15, 2016.

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. By staying at a toxic workplace, you risk succumbing to all of the negativity around you. And even if you try to leave after an extended period, potential employers may raise doubts about your professional judgment, asking: "Why did you stay there so long if it was so horrible?" The first step toward avoiding such scenarios involves assessing whether your office culture is genuinely awful. To lend insight, we've come up with the following 10 signs of a toxic workplace. They cover factors such as low morale, destructive cliques, company secrets, counterproductive policies and high employee turnover. They were compiled from a number of online resources, including those posted by CareerAttraction.com and PsychCentral.com.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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