Is your workplace “toxic?” A toxic work environment can stem from many different reasons. But if you’re unhappy with your job, it might be a good idea to take a step back and see if a toxic workplace is a reason for your dissatisfaction. It’s a good idea to look at the signs that it’s time to break up with your job. Let’s take a closer look.
Cliques that Exclude Others
Companies where exclusive cliques make up most of the social structure, are toxic for employees who increasingly value diversity, inclusion, and equity. You can tell pretty quickly if there is a lot of gossip around the office, small groups exclude or unnecessarily compete against others, and individuals are bullied based on their looks, clothing, or behaviors.
With exclusive cliques in the workplace, you may find yourself in one of two positions. Either you’re the person being excluded, or you are caught up in the drama. It’s hard to remain neutral in these types of environments. If you’re unable to break the cycle by talking to coworkers or approaching your management team, it’s time to find a new opportunity in a healthier environment.
No Growth Opportunities
If you find yourself in a company with no more room for growth, you may be dissatisfied with your experience. Why? Because even if you like what you do, if you aren’t being challenged, it can feel like a slog to only do the same thing every day for years. This may also come from management hiring outside candidates for higher-level positions rather than upskilling current, capable employees like you.
If you want to advance your career and that isn’t a possibility in your company, it’s time to look at other options for your future. You can try talking to your management team, but if they aren’t willing to consider investing in your professional development, the situation will not get better any time soon.
Lack of Work/Life Balance
We have a problem in our country of focusing so much on doing a lot of hard work that we forget a rewarding life is a balanced life. Working 60 hours a week and not taking your accumulated vacation days isn’t a badge of honor; it’s how your company takes advantage of you and perpetuates a cycle that limits work/life balance.
If you’re in a situation where you feel as though you’re unable to take your vacation for fear of retribution, it’s not a healthy environment. You want to work with an employer who sees you as a complete human being. Your life outside work is just as important as your life at work.
Do you feel like you’re in a toxic work environment?
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