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January 4, 2024

Toxic Workplace Alert: 5 Red Flags You Can’t Afford to Ignore!

Starting a new job often fills us with excitement and positivity for the upcoming chapter. However, in our enthusiasm, it’s easy to overlook the reality of our workplace environment. Join us as we guide you in removing those rose-colored glasses and shedding light on 5 unmistakable signs of a toxic workplace culture.

1. Poor Communication

As we all know, communication is key. This is also the case when it comes to the workplace. To feel good and do an even better job, communicating in a healthy way is very important. Not only between coworkers but also with management and throughout all other layers of the company. So, when communication is consistently unclear or nonexistent, it’s a red flag. Other red flags of poor communication are cattiness, continuous shade-throwing, and passive aggression in both verbal and written communication.

2. High Turnover Rates

It’s normal that the turnover for entry-level positions is higher than other positions. Everyone wants to advance in their career. Freshers, young professionals, or career changers—at some point, almost all of them want to move on from their entry-level positions after gaining some experience. But if you notice that the company seems to have a revolving door of employees entering and leaving throughout multiple departments and positions, this can indicate deeper issues.

3. Lack of Recognition

When hard work goes unnoticed and unappreciated, it can erode morale. Downplaying your accomplishments is also a big red flag. Of course, not every single little accomplishment needs to be celebrated abundantly, but as a simple gesture of acknowledgment in writing or verbally, would be great. If you seek acknowledgment and appreciation, this sign should raise concerns.

4. Micromanagement

It is normal that management wants to keep an eye on what is going on. But there are different ways to do so. When it becomes excessive, it’s called micromanagement. With micromanagement, employees are being excessively controlled. This can be very disheartening as an employee, and it can even stifle creativity and productivity and lower your morale. Overall, it will end up leaving you feeling less motivated to go to work. 

5. Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying can come in many forms. Swearing and name-calling are very common when it comes to workplace bullying. Physical altercations like bumping into a person on purpose, throwing items at someone, punching, kicking, and full-blown fighting someone (who may or may not defend themselves) are less common forms but unfortunately still happen. Therefore, if you notice any form of harassment or bullying, whether overt or subtle, this is a clear indicator of a toxic culture. If you prioritize a respectful and inclusive environment, take note of this sign.

Recognizing these signs can help you avoid potentially harmful workplace cultures and find a better fit for your professional well-being sooner rather than later.


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