Do you apprehend your job all the days of the week, even on Friday? Do you also apprehend going to the office and/or interacting with a specific co-worker? Do you always feel you are stressed out or nervous at work?
Any job can start in a very good way and in a positive environment but unfortunately sometimes, it can change over time. The reasons could be many: For example, the boss who changed or the work nature changed etc…
If you are feeling stressed or sad, and you are not enjoying anything in your job, try to search for signs of a toxic culture at work. Some of these threatening signs are ultimately red flags (do not ever stick to a job that is dangerous to your health) but others could indicate you need to reconsider many factors.
Here are some of the signs …
- Immoral or illegal activities. This sign is a big red flag. Do not be a part of anything the company or an individual is doing wrong, get out as soon as possible if actions are illegal, and do not get along with your moral code.
- Physical danger. No job is worth your life or long-term health. Thus, leave quickly any job that put you at risk because of unsafe working conditions.
- Flagrant unfairness. We all have heard that “nobody ever said life was fair”. However, in the workplace, we should presume that some kind of fairness does exist. If you feel you are treated differently than other employees, that your ideas or work or claim credit are stolen by colleagues, you should consider this to be a sign of a very toxic work environment.
- Abusive bosses or coworkers. You should never tolerate sexual harassment, racism, sexism, ageism, or any other kind of discrimination in the workplace. Moreover, you should also not accept attitudes like high aggression or bullying, intimidation, unreasonable expectations, or blatant lack of empathy.
- Dysfunctional relationships. When you see that there is a combination of personalities in the company that is creating gossip, privileged behaviors, favoritism, resentments, backbiting, and unjustified criticisms, you should know that you are in a toxic environment.
- Persistent poor communication. If you get negative feedback, little, or none at all, or if you are out of the loop on important information, or bosses and coworkers are extremely cold and distant, you are in a toxic workplace.
- Chronic high stress. Some jobs are more stressful than others are. However, if you are exposed to daily high stress situations and you cannot have any opportunity for “down time”, that too can be toxic. If you are work too much and you are not able to make a work/life balance, you might want to consider a move.
If you are facing such signs, reconsider your job!