A healthy work environment brings satisfaction, well-being and good relations between colleagues. However, these circumstances are not always observable. Sometimes we may feel frustrated, tired or unmotivated at our workplace. We may not even want to go to work because of a colleague, a chef, or just because of the atmosphere that is usually there. A toxic work environment can have very negative consequences for us.
If we consider a company or organization to be an emotional nest, it seems obvious that conflicts and disputes may exist. The problem is not their appearance but rather their development. In fact, a toxic professional environment is distinguished by the presence of derogatory remarks, aggressive and overly competitive attitudes and also petty and manipulative behavior.
Learning to find out if your workplace is harboring some toxicity will be of great help to you to protect you and prevent it from soaking in you. Below, we will present some of the most common features of this type of environments. Deepen.
It is normal for individuals to get sick, have medical appointments, or be required to perform certain activities on an occasional basis. This forces them to be absent from work. On the other hand, when this behavior becomes repetitive, this could turn into a warning signal.
Being absent 3 times a month or more, or constantly asking for the right to be absent (whether for personal activities, medical appointments or illnesses), is a typical form of absenteeism. When there are no justified reasons, this may be a sign of a toxic work environment.
Another form of absenteeism is mental absence. This refers to being at work, but spending time doing activities that are not related to the tasks.
This type of behavior can be corrected if the leader is responsible for increasing employee motivation. To achieve this is fundamental to avoid the expansion of demotivation among them.
2. Abuse by superiors
When the superiors do not respect the rest of the staff when they speak, we face another sign of a toxic professional environment. This is also the case when superiors constantly resort to cynicism and sarcasm when speaking to employees.
This is reflected in the formulation of derogatory comments, non-constructive criticism and comparison of employees. Instead of fostering teamwork, these behavior induce excessive competition and cause discomfort.
3. Bad communication
Communication problems at work are developing when the communication is not direct, incomplete or not completely truthful. This generates situations of uncertainty, double meaning and confusion that generate mental traps for the people who receive it and consequently errors and failures in the professional activity.
In many cases, leaders are neither clear nor specific about their expectations of certain missions, hoping that others "read their minds" or guess the details. If this situation persists over time, frustration, insecurity and demotivation will emerge.
4. Low employee protection
This situation occurs when the company is more focused on its own interests (customers, economies of scale, etc.) in relation to the interests of the workers. Normally, there is no possibility of rotation or ascent. Moreover, no training or career plan is offered.
In this context, people can stay 10 years performing the same task without the possibility of promotion or consideration of promotion. Internal policies are unknown to staff and change without notice. Usually, these behaviors generate great discomfort among employees and a toxic work environment.
5. Dictatorial direction
In this case, the leader makes all the decisions without worrying about the opinion of his team. He does not listen and does not want to know the opinion of others which generates the fear of expressing disagreement on the part of the workers.
Dictatorial leaders are usually people who do not trust because they believe that they are the only ones who can do the job well and that no one is able to do so well. Often, this lack of confidence is due to internal insecurities, especially when one of the employees stands out.Indeed, the latter can be identified as a threat.
This kind of toxic work environment is responsible for the fact that Employees can not rely on a leader figure to help them solve a problem.
6. Role problem
The role is the function of a person in his workstation. Although it can be very complex, it is essential that this function is well defined. Otherwise, it may be that the person does not know exactly what their role is within the company.
When this happens, she may perform tasks that do not match her or face excessive, incongruous or incompatible demands and demands on her work.
Professional harassment or mobbing is one of the most common situations in a toxic work environment. He is present when one or more colleagues are trying to make the work of another person difficult by imposing professional or personal obstacles. Furthermore, a bad relationship with colleagues can be an important reason for developing stress.
As we can see, all of these problems can affect employees both physically and psychologically and thus affect the general feeling of well-being. For this, it is necessary to fight them to manage or avoid a toxic professional environment.