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Warning, Toxic Workplaces Ahead — quickly Know the Signs You’re In one

Toxic workplaces are everywhere. Sadly, it is the norm rather than the exception.

Janice Eastman
5 min readApr 5, 2022
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I have seen many people struggle to work in a toxic workplace and it is heartbreaking.

When employees are worried about being fired or aren’t given enough work to keep them busy, they spend most of their time worrying about their jobs instead of doing the work they were hired to do.

Toxic workplaces can also harm employee mental health, leading to depression and anxiety disorders that cost billions of dollars in healthcare expenses every year.

Workplaces can become toxic for many different reasons, but the most common cause is poor management.

Managers who fail to provide their employees with reasonable work expectations and appropriate feedback create a toxic work environment.

Managers who constantly micro-manage their employees’ work also create a toxic workplace.

Instead of providing their employees with feedback that helps them improve their performance, these managers waste their time with unnecessary directions and tasks.

Some of the telltale signs of a toxic workplace include:

  • Not providing sufficient support to employees
  • Not having an effective and transparent communication
  • Not providing sufficient resources
  • Being too dependent on the employer — no autonomy
  • No accountability
  • Not following policies and procedures
  • Not having an effective and transparent communication
  • Gaslighting is a prevalent occurrence

If you feel like your workplace could be toxic, take these steps to protect yourself before it becomes worse than it already is.

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Janice Eastman

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