Exploring Some Causes of Toxic Workplace Cultures

Describing the workplace as “toxic” has become a cliché in recent years; Although all offices have one or two negative elements, there are some that are truly toxic, which means the culture is so negative that it has negative effects on work. These effects can range from poor morale and lower productivity to employee disengagement and higher turnover.

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In an article for BBC Worklife, Katie Bishop tells us that about 20% of American workers have left their jobs due to toxic environments and that 64% of UK employees “say that encountering problematic behaviors at work has negatively affected their mental health.”

Of course, no one would argue that toxic workplaces are desirable, but they do exist nonetheless. So what are some of the factors that contribute to toxic cultures, and how can these factors be mitigated?

Contributing factors to a toxic workplace

Toxic culture is not necessarily related to the size or structure of the organization. “A common concept is that toxic behaviors are often found in large companies where competition is fierce and accountability is low — yet some workers report that the same harmful culture can easily be found in smaller, less hierarchical organizations,” says Bishop.

Instead, toxic cultures often thrive when one or both factors are present: resource limitations and poor leadership and culture. Looking first at resource constraints, it makes sense that employees in companies with less money to spend on employees or other resources are stressed and struggle to keep up with their workload, and stress is always a potential source of negative, hostile and general attitudes. Toxicity.

When the toxicity is widespread and persistent

Negativity and unhealthy behavior can appear in any organization. But what really sets toxic cultures apart is that they take root and stick. Here comes the role of the second factor. Organizations that lack strong leaders to stamp out toxic behavior or powerful cultures that make such behaviors unacceptable become fertile ground for toxic growth and prosperity.

While some workers may broach the term “toxic workplace,” there are some organizations that truly deserve this designation. Companies that are under-resourced, lack strong leaders and strong cultures, are often ready for toxicity to spread. Addressing these underlying factors may not only help address current toxicity but also prevent it in the future.

Lin Grensing-Pophal is a contributing editor for HR Daily Advisor.

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