6 Signs That You’re In A Toxic Work Environment

Last updated by Rosie Harlow

If you’re here, it’s probably because you already perceive your work environment as being toxic. The first sign may even be yourself. Anxiety is often one of the first noticeable signs of unhappiness at work. But there are several other signs that are characteristic of a harmful work environment.

6 Signs That You’re In A Toxic Work Environment

What’s a toxic work environment?

Sometimes the signs are pretty clear. There’s the aggression, the barked orders, the arguing, the crying at work, or even the resigning or getting sacked overnight 😟. This is clearly a toxic working environment. However, sometimes things are more underhand and can lead us to doubt. I don’t feel good in this working atmosphere, but isn’t that down to me? Is it that I don’t fit in at work and that it’s taking its toll on my morale? But recognizing a harmful work atmosphere in time can sometimes help us to leave it before it makes us suffer and affects our mental health.

👉 In general, we talk about a toxic work environment when we feel uncomfortable because we’re not supported, not heard, not listened to, or even reduced to silence. This situation of unease at work very often generates stress, nervousness, sadness and can even lead to burnout or depression.

6 signs that your work environment is toxic

How can you recognize a harmful and dysfunctional professional setting? These signs should alert you and prompt you to take action, either by leaving this job or by protecting yourself from its toxicity. All the while knowing that the best thing for your mental health is to leave a job that makes you suffer.

1. Poor communication

It’s simple, everything’s confusing! You barely understand your tasks. You receive emails or chats that you don’t understand and nobody explains them to you in person, because nobody’s available to talk in person or because everyone’s in the same state of incomprehension as you! Sometimes you’re not in the email loop at all, or you receive information too late, or it’s wrong or incomplete. If on top of that, the exchanges are tense or even confrontational, that’s a real red flag 🚩. In short, poor communication within a company is the first indication of harmful malfunctioning.

>>> Read; Why are milennials so unhappy at work?

2. An authoritarian system

It goes without saying that a toxic manager often goes hand in hand with a toxic work atmosphere. A manager whose mood you never know will affect your day, who has no compassion and who’s only interested in results despite the mental state of their team, is already quite an alarm bell 🚨. If you add to that a tendency towards authority and a demand for obedience, or worse still, injustice and humiliation, and you’re probably in a more than toxic work environment from which you need to protect yourself as a matter of urgency.

3. No progression

Your future in this company? Stagnation. You’ve been promised career development or training, but nothing ever comes your way? Every attempt you make to progress within the company is ignored or rejected? It doesn’t look good!

4. A bad atmosphere

What about the general atmosphere? Does everyone around you seem as unenthusiastic as you? Do you get the feeling that you’re only there because you have to? Operating in a toxic environment often tends to rub off on the atmosphere, which of course also becomes negative. As a result, people barely say hello to each other, nobody’s seen a colleague smile in years and there’s dead silence in the office. It’s so appealing 😒!

5. High turnover

The more weeks and months go by, the fewer colleagues you have. Between those who resign, those who are dismissed, and those on sick leave, high staff turnover is a sign of unease within the company.

6. No right to disconnect

It’s simple: in the evenings, at night, on the weekend, you’re contacted whenever at any time of the day, always with the same sense of urgency. You’re no longer allowed to draw the line between your professional life and your personal life. This is real blurring, and it’s having an impact on your life. So this is a major red flag. On the other hand, beware: the right to disconnect is enshrined in law and can be construed as psychological harassment.

Changing jobs is never an easy decision to make. However, if your working environment is having repercussions on your mental health, you may need to think seriously about it. But you should know that you don’t have to do it on your own. Psychologists or even professional coaches can help you to get better, find a new career, find your ikigai, or anything else that will help you to flourish in your career.

Editor’s note: Time to take stock

It’s not always easy to see things clearly, so you tell yourself that this unhappiness is temporary, and you hang on because you have to eat and pay the bills. It’s possible that the situation can evolve and resolve itself, but how long can you put up with working in a toxic environment? If you’ve recognized the different signs mentioned in this article, it would be a good idea to take some time to reflect and take stock of your expectations and how you feel. If you’re not sure, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of our psychologists.

🤗 Understanding yourself, accepting yourself, being happy... It’s here and now!

#BornToBeMe

Be sure to check out these articles too;

Article presented by Rosie Harlow

Writing has always been a form of therapy for me. For as long as I can remember, I have always used paper as a punching bag. Get to know me, I am Rosie Harlow.

Read our latest articles here:

6 Reasons Why Narcissists Never Apologize - They Hate Saying Sorry

I’ll be the first to admit that my stubbornness means I’m not exactly the most willing person when it comes to uttering the words ‘I’m sorry’, but I always push through my pride; although unfortunately, the same can’t be said for narcissists... Indeed, people who suffer from this personality disorder will simply never hold their hands up and accept responsibility for their actions, despite how deeply they’ve hurt your feelings. 😱 You know the idiom getting blood from a stone, right? Well, when it comes to apologies from these toxic personalities, nothing is more appropriate, and here are 6 reasons why!

Why Do I Feel Bad When People Don’t Message Me Back?

Friday night rolls around and after a hard week you were expecting to have a drink with a girlfriend, but she seems to have left you hanging on read... To make matters worse (and the humiliation?) you even saw the little typing sign appear, yet you never received a reply. Well, if that’s the case, obviously you or your "how about a drink tonight?" didn’t deserve an answer. Let’s take a look at why some people don't reply to messages, and why when someone doesn't reply to your text, this makes us feel so bad.

Do Narcissists Enjoy Kissing?

Kissing is a deeply intimate act, and although in popular culture it is often classed as only being worthy of first base, it does in fact go way beyond that toxic evaluation. We have no doubt all had at least one lingering kiss that we’ll never forget; one which left all of our senses tingling and hungry for more. 💏 Well, that memorable smooch left us reminiscing because it was sincere and meant something. In short, it encapsulated love and romance, which are two things that narcissists are quite simply incapable of feeling.

How Do You Know A Narcissist Is Cheating?

Narcissism is wholly incompatible with healthy relationships, which goes some way in explaining why people with this personality disorder always believe the grass is greener elsewhere. Indeed, fidelity isn’t something they excel in and adds to their exhaustive list of weaknesses alongside their love of manipulation and dishonesty. 💔 However, they are so cunning and crafty that catching them out and confirming your intuitions is no easy feat. To make things easier for you, here are the 10 signs you need to look out for if you believe your narcissistic man is cheating on you.

I Never Thought I’d Say This, But I Hate Working From Home…

Work has always been a synonym of repression for me because it takes up so much of our precious time. Let’s be honest, a 9-5 job with a horrendous daily commute often means that work is sadly our sole occupation. So, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck over a year ago, and we were all ordered to stay home, I found it hard to hide my joy in front of my distraught coworkers; although thankfully my acting talents saved me. You can probably already tell, but going into the office every day was nothing less than torture for me. Yet, all these months later, I’ve realized that I despise working from home and would do anything to sit in my uncomfortable office chair once again!

Do Narcissists Play The Victim?

If you have ever had the displeasure of encountering someone with a narcissistic personality disorder, then you’ll no doubt already know how manipulative they are. Indeed, these folks despise taking responsibility for their actions and will do whatever it takes to avoid taking the rap for them, including play the victim. That’s right, these master puppeteers won’t hold back on pulling the strings and changing the narrative so that it suits them. Plus, they know exactly how to turn the waterworks when they want to get people on side.

I Have A Problem With Authority, Argh!

With all the orders my parents gave me, I thought I was armed for school, but as soon as I was at pre-school, my parents were summoned because I refused to do what the teacher told me. As I grew up, it became increasingly difficult to tell my manager where to get off, summoning my parents was no longer an option, but the intolerance to authority remained. Can we reconcile ourselves with authority, whether it is a silent or uncontrollable difficulty?

Can You Sleep With Someone On The First Date?: Judgement Free Zone

“Never on the first night!” We’ve all heard or uttered this phrase before. But here you are, in front of someone attractive, looks are exchanged, and the temperature rises little by little. This is when the angel and the demon on your shoulders start the debate: Is it better to wait before sleeping with this stranger? Or can you give in to the temptation? You wouldn’t want to be thought of as promiscuous, but at the same time, you only live once. We’ll tell you right now how much patience you can or can’t have!

My Sister Is Jealous Of Me

“In any case, you’re the favorite.” I’ve heard this phrase coming from my sister’s mouth over and over again. For a long time, her jealousy spoiled our lives, but I only wanted one thing: for us to be close and united. She poured her resentment in my face for many years until it got out of control. I couldn’t stand feeling so much anger and guilt at the same time. Soothing 30 years of jealousy hasn’t been easy, but there are ways to avoid getting to that point. I didn’t want jealousy to cut me off from my sister!

10 Signs You Are Dating A Narcissist

Even though we all grew up dreaming of the perfect Disney-esque romance, we no doubt all wholeheartedly agree that relationships certainly aren’t easy, yet they are made even tougher when a narcissistic partner is added to the mix. As someone who has previously dated a guy with a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), I’ve decided to share the 10 ultimate red flags and warning signs that your Prince Charming is actually more of a poisonous frog than anything else.

Wengood's favorite tunes 🎵

Wengood's playlist

wengood

  1. Only LoveBen Howard
    4:08
  2. Invalid date
  3. Fix YouColdplay
    4:55
  4. Beautiful DayU2
    4:08
  5. Thinking out LoudEd Sheeran
    4:41
  6. White FlagDido
    4:00
  7. Lay Me DownSam Smith
    4:13
  8. Nine Million BicyclesKatie Melua
    3:17
  9. Put Your Records OnCorinne Bailey Rae
    3:35
  10. Summertime SadnessLana Del Rey
    4:24
  11. Imagine - Remastered 2010John Lennon
    3:07
  12. Shake It OutFlorence + The Machine
    4:37
  13. Space Oddity - Love You Til Tuesday versionDavid Bowie
    3:46
  14. What A Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong
    2:17
  15. With Or Without YouU2
    4:56
  16. HelloAdele
    4:55
  17. Don't Stop Me NowQueen
    3:29
  18. Skinny LoveBirdy
    3:21
  19. WingsBirdy
    4:12
  20. Californian SoilLondon Grammar
    3:41

How to detect a narcissist

How to detect a narcissist

How to soothe an anxiety attack

How to soothe an anxiety attack