A toxic work environment can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Company culture is a vital part of any company. Business owners should aim to foster a healthy work environment that promotes collaboration and open communication. Company culture stems from the physical space you work in to your professional relationships with the team.

Here are the main signs you are working in a toxic environment:


Communication is poor

Communication is essential between employees, senior staff members and the business owner. You need to have open discussions to identify issues in the workplace and how you will improve them. All communication should be respectful and professional. Toxic work environments tend to feature passive-aggressive communication, gossiping and rumours. This style of communication only breeds more unhealthy behaviours, and ultimately, an unhealthy work environment.

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The boss sets unrealistic expectations

Everyone in the business should understand what is expected of them. Setting unrealistic expectations results in high-stress levels and frustration from both the boss and employees. If you manage a company, you need to sit down with each employee to outline your expectations. These goals should be realistic and achievable, so you both feel comfortable with them.


High staff turnover

A company with high staff turnover tends to be a toxic environment. People often leave a job because they are unhappy in it. A toxic work environment can be uncomfortable and unenjoyable to work in. If your team is constantly changing, it might be because of the company culture.


Everyone feels unmotivated

Your boss should recognise and reward hard work. Your team should receive praise for reaching a milestone or big achievement. Without recognition and rewards, employees can feel unmotivated and undervalued. Your workplace should be a motivating space to work in. Motivation comes from working around positive people in a pleasant space. A bright and open office space can drastically improve employee morale and motivation.


Your boss favours others

Favouritism is among one of the most toxic traits in a workplace. Your boss might favour employees who have worked at the company for more time. These employees may receive better promotions, higher salaries and more attention from the boss. Favouritism can be frustrating for the entire team and is, ultimately, unprofessional.

Identify the signs of a toxic workplace early on so you can work somewhere much healthier.


By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.