Signs Of A Toxic Workplace
When you first begin a job, it might be difficult to see the red flags because you’re all excited about the job and of course, you just graduated from being unemployed to being employed. You may be all excited and feel like you’re privileged to get that job despite the many other candidates. It is only after you may have stayed on the job for a while that you begin to see the red flags. You will only be able to see clearly what the job is on the inside only when you are inside. A toxic workplace isn’t identifiable at the early days of your stay on the job, but subsequently, they become glaringly visible.
Here are a few tell-tale signs that shows you’re in a toxic work environment.
Bullying can take on many forms; you may be constantly talked down at (perhaps jokingly), or out-rightly screamed at.
When, even after putting in so much energy and creativity to a task, you never get the credit but someone else constantly get the praise, then you are in a toxic environment.
Also, perhaps, your colleagues bully you and it is brought to the attention of the management, yet nothing is done about it, then you are also in a toxic environment.
There is no Work/Life Balance
Although, there are some days you may be required to work until it’s late due to the work load for the day or meeting tight schedules. What happens during those days? Does your boss provide or even cares to ask about how you’ll get home? I know of a lady who even after calling in sick, would still be expected to come to work because, according to the management, there’s a lot to be done at the office. That’s a toxic workplace environment.
You are being micromanaged
This may be important when you first commence the job, but, after a month or two, if your boss is continually investigating your job while you’re working or always calling to keep an eye on the progress of an assignment, it could turn out to be extremely overpowering. A good leader should trust that you are able to execute the job, which is exactly why you were hired.
You Feel You Are Not Good Enough
When you start questioning your worth in the organization you work at, it may be that you’re in a toxic environment.
No employer should ever make you feel like you’re under-performing even after putting in so much time and energy into the task.
Resist feeling that everything you’re doing is wrong. Some bosses are not good leaders, they only see your faults but immediately points out to a little mistake that you make.
If after reading this, you perceive that you work in a toxic workplace, it is because you probably do. What you do with this information is entirely up to you and would differ based on personal circumstances, but remember that your gut and your instinct exist for a reason.
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