4 Signs Your Job Is a Toxic Work Environment (Part 1)

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“The fish starts stinking from the head,” is a well known saying in business. It means, that you should look at the top of the hierarchy if there is something wrong with your company culture.

Many of us have considered the phrase “should I quit my job?” I’ve been there too.

Strictly based on experience, I’ve compiled a list of situations you should look out for, if you believe the next step is to hand in your two weeks.

Definitions: They; meaning your supervisors/ managers or CEO’s.

  1. They manipulate you into digging dirt against your co-workers There was a time where one of my supervisors sat down with one of my co-workers and said (lies) about how others were complaining about a said co-worker. They stated that after speaking to the rest of the team (myself included), conclusions were drawn that we were all uncomfortable with said colleague. Let’s name him Cillian. My co-worker called me frustrated and confused. I then told him what our supervisor was asking from me and others (stuff on Cillian) and then realized that they fabricated parts of the story to see if my colleague would confess or, get this, dig further information (dirt) against others our team. – Shameful.
  2. They slander your colleagues in front of you – One of my supervisors was guilty of doing this. They burst into the room I was in, and started breaking another colleague down, telling me how poor their skills were, how they heard around the bend that they’ve been doing this and that, and not even considering my time or place. Not to mention there was another person in the room, but that didn’t matter. All I could think was, “If you’re doing this to them, what do you say about me?” – Very uncomfortable, lacked diplomacy.
  3. Your supervisors don’t know you or care to know anything about you. You are never asked how you are doing, mentally or otherwise – A business needs to thrive, and many of its resources will be put into things like marketing campaigns, hiring strategies, and policies to name a few, but it should also consider its worker’s mental health. If you notice that your executive team is uninterested in making strides to get to know their team or invest in checking in, chances are, they never will. This is dangerous because they are making a choice to de-humanize their workforce and will burn through their employees ad nauseam.
  4. They do not give you the tools you need to succeed – This is laughable, but an ugly truth. Do you know what the essential tools for success are? In-depth training is a major component. Certain companies may expect their new hire to learn the ropes of their trade, based “common sense”. Yes, while this may be true to some extent, you should never leave an employee to use their common sense on your dime. Remember, you’re only as good as your weakest link. Also, besides training tools, things like SAAS (software as a service), devices, and or productivity tools are also overlooked.

If you see these red flags, do your diligence and bring this up to your supervisors. However, if they do not listen, be prepared to run. There’s a reason turnover exists, and it’s not just because of one thing -guaranteed.

Share your red flags, it might help someone.

Author: Gene

Passionate about trying new things and then writing about them. My background is in Film, Media, and Talent Acquisition, so there's much to explore. Still trying to figure out the perfect iced coffee and oat milk ratio; any tips?

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