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A Toxic Workplace

Have you ever worked or are currently working for an organization where people are afraid to ask any questions, give their feedback, or voice any concern about the company? These are signs that the company culture is subtly toxic or is becoming toxic.

I can remember attending a meeting and expressing some concerns about the company. When the meeting was over, then came the conference after the meeting, where several people who attended huddle to talk about what they really thought. The company had some serious problems, but everyone was fearful of speaking up. These are clear signs that something is drastically wrong with the culture of the company.

According to Scott Mautz, anyone can spot the visible signs of a toxic workplace; appreciation is absent, accountability is elusive at best, or there’s a raving lunatic of a boss. Leaders need to spot toxic undertones of a workplace and address them. Likewise, employees need to identify a corrosive environment to avoid or leave it or know how to contribute to solutions to fix it.

No one should dread going to work; you should be doing something you love, and your work environment should help you to become the very best version of yourself. But it must start with the leadership first, setting that tone and leading by example to create a footprint for everyone to follow.

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