1. High employee turnover rate
A high turnover rate is one of the most common signs of a toxic work culture. Leaving a job can be a tough decision to make. If your team or company is struggling to retain staff, it is very likely due to the work environment.
2. Quiet quitting
‘Quiet quitting’ is seen when an employee stops trying to collaborate with co-workers or engage in company initiatives. Employees who choose to quietly quit will do the minimum amount of work needed for their job and completely disengage from everything else.
3. Bullying or harassment incidents
Any form of bullying, discrimination, or harassment should never be tolerated in the workplace. Unfortunately, toxic environments often create a space where bullying and harassment can easily happen. This can include verbal or psychological bullying and any actions that humiliate or demean another worker. This type of behaviour tends to be found in a toxic work culture, creating an element of fear and additional stress.
4. Constantly changing goals and priorities
A toxic work culture often lacks clear direction and frequently shifts its goals and priorities without proper communication or justification. This constant flux can leave employees feeling disoriented, making it difficult to focus on their tasks and contribute effectively to the organization's success. It can also lead to a sense of futility and frustration, as efforts put into one set of goals may be abruptly discarded for new ones, creating a cycle of confusion and demotivation.
5. Lack of transparency
Ideally in any job, clear and open communication lines are required to have a positive effect on performance and employee morale. When there is a lack of open communication and information sharing, it can create uncertainty and distrust among fellow employees and employers.
6. Micromanagement or excessive monitoring
When management has little trust in your work, it can feel like every move you make is monitored. This can lead to feelings of fear and anxiety and have a negative impact on performance. Recent studies show that 70% of workers consider quitting due to the negative effects that can have on their well-being.
7. Lack of work-life balance
In a toxic environment, the importance of your personal wellbeing and life outside of work will be regularly disregarded. Continuously putting all your focus on work can have a huge impact on your health and well-being. It can also lead to high levels of stress and that can even damage your relationships outside of work.
8. Inadequate support systems
Toxic environments tend to have unrealistic and unattainable expectations of their employees while also offering very little support. If you find yourself always being left to figure it out on your own, then chances are you have an inadequate support system.
9. Lack of growth opportunities
10. Toxic gossiping or backstabbing
It’s very common to have some harmless office gossip going around, but in a toxic atmosphere, negative or malicious rumours can thrive, creating an extremely unhealthy workplace dynamic.
11. Excessive competition among colleagues
Healthy competition can drive innovation, but when your work environment becomes extremely competitive and cut-throat, it completely undermines teamwork, damaging team morale and the overall work culture.
12. Absence of recognition or appreciation
A dysfunctional workplace will never give credit or recognition to its employees. A lack of acknowledgment for hard work undermines employee morale and diminishes job satisfaction levels.
13. Poor leadership
14. Lack of clear values or mission
15. High stress levels
A combination of constant pressure, unrealistic deadlines, and a lack of support systems can contribute to elevated stress levels, which can be detrimental to your well-being.