Toxic Workplaces Kill Your Morale: What You Need to Know and How to Prepare

When workers are in a toxic environment, it takes a toll on their physical and mental health.

Janice Eastman
5 min readDec 6, 2022


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Do you ever feel like your days are dragging on and your motivation is steadily declining?

If your workplace is toxic, the answer to that question is most likely an unequivocal YES.

It’s no secret that an unhealthy workplace can profoundly affect morale, leaving us empty, unfulfilled, and without any enthusiasm for our job.

Employees who dread going to work may experience a toxic work environment.

It’s a problem that can have far-reaching consequences, impacting not only the workers but the business.

Toxic workplaces can lead to high-stress levels, absenteeism, and employee turnover.

In extreme cases, they can even lead to violence.

Identifying a Poisonous Work Setting

Not all workplaces are toxic, and some are more toxic than others.

So how can you tell if yours is one of them?

A toxic work environment can be hard to spot because it’s often subtle.

Here are some signs to watch for:

Look for signs like micromanagement, bullying, gaslighting, and a lack of respect for employees. These are all indicators that your workplace is toxic.

Additionally, it’s essential to pay attention to changes in morale.

If employees seem disgruntled, disengaged, and unmotivated, then it could be a sign that something is wrong.

Other signs are employees feeling unappreciated, lack of collaboration, and low productivity.

It’s essential to recognize these warning signs and take steps to address the problem. Otherwise, the toxic environment will only worsen and take its toll on everyone involved.

So, what can you do if you find yourself in a toxic workplace?

The first step is to identify the source of the toxicity. Once you’ve done that, you can…



Janice Eastman

From reading my writing, I hope you will begin to break down self-imposed barriers and find your authentic self in the extraordinary story of life.