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5 Signs You Are In A Toxic Workplace | Leverage Ambition

Everyone has a bad boss once or twice in their career. Bad bosses seem to have a negative ripple effect in the culture of the workplace, and creates feelings of being mistreated, sad and angry. Most bad bosses are apt to stay in that system and never get fired, CNN wrote an article about it here that may interest you!

Most of us work more than 50 hours a week now, since our email is on our cell phones while we check up constantly. This means that a majority of our week subjects us to belittling harassment that makes us feel lonely and exhausted.

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What can we do about a toxic workplace?

If you are in a Toxic Workplace, the trick is that you cannot change anyone but yourself. This means that you may have to find another job and another boss if the person is not ready to change. You can try and set boundaries but bad bosses have no good sense of boundaries and they are most likely bad at their job and blaming on you.

If you are reading this you are probably already working in a toxic workplace, and it is most likely time to find your next opportunity. The good news is that we all grow out of bad bosses and when you leave you are sticking up for yourself and your career. Many bad bosses do not acknowledge your achievements, and take credit for them. They try and prevent your growth and no matter what you do it is never right or good enough.

  1. There are cliques, exclusion and gossipy behavior that is rewarded.

The one who gossips negatively the most seems to always with in a toxic work environment. They can never be wrong. They get in a jealous rage if others shine brighter than them, so they take credit for others hard work. They have a clique that they are in, that is also scared to talk to others about the emotional abuse or gaslighting that the tyrant engages in so they stay quiet. They have black and white thinking, where others that do not submit to them are in or out. When they are out, they gossip about them and create false narratives until everyone believes them. If your office is clique based and filled with exclusion and gossip, it may be time to start applying to a new healthy culture that is more serving your worth and value.

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2. No one is motivated to do their best work and many are lazy.

Lack of motivation usually means two things: you have a bad boss or your company culture sucks. There is no forward movement of the company and their growth is stifled by bad hiring decisions. There is no strategy or mission that makes sense with the modern day sense of business. There is no audience that is interested in the product, or there is no actual product to be sold as no one is interested in it. People are there to push papers rather than innovate.

3. The executive team and other bosses only look out for themselves and is not looking out for the greater good of the company.

If the leadership is only looking out for themselves, this is a major red flag. It shows that politics is more important than profits and this most likely will not change without a leadership overhaul. When management is always looking out for themselves, many employees tend to be unmotivated and unsatisfied with their jobs. Leadership is passive aggressive or straight aggressive, engaging in humiliating others for fun and abusing their power for their benefit alone. They blame everyone else but themselves for their failure to manage well, and they have a strong sense of entitlement. They promote those that praise them often only.

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4. There is a high turnover rate, and people leave often.

Ever notice certain companies hiring for the same position at the same company often? I tend to browse the LinkedIn job section often and do see this happen all the time. Employees leave a bad boss, a bad product and a bad culture. When there is no healthy solution, many will leave the company due to the lack of innovation and the lack of caring. People leave for better opportunities and more exciting companies that pay well and treat people with respect.

5. There is constant after hours conversations and a lack of clarity around projects and goals.

If you are not clear on what you are doing and how to do it, your company is to blame. You need to understand your goals in order to back them out into execution. If there is a lack of structure and organization within your company, communication can tend to be all over the place and confusion will reign king.

Unfortunately there is no good way to get over a bad workplace, other than leaving it for another.

Business News Daily came up with some great questions to ask your potential company ahead of time while you are interviewing with them to avoid walking into an unhealthy work culture below:

  • How would you characterize the company’s overall management style?
  • What is your company’s approach to team building and career development?
  • How does your company respond to and overcome failures?
  • How are employees recognized for their efforts?
  • What is the work-life balance like here?
  • Does the company host social outings or events for employees?
  • What personality traits do you look for in your ideal team members?
  • Is the company’s strategic approach driven by processes or results?
  • Do the company’s different departments ever collaborate with one another?
  • What kinds of people seem to succeed in this company/department?
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You may be able to find good reviews on Glassdoor as well, where many will talk openly about the challenges of the company and their individual experiences there.

Have you worked for a toxic culture before? How did you deal with it? Let us know in the comments below!

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