If your workplace has been getting you down and you’ve been holding back from taking a serious look for another job then you might want to consider some recent research on the effects of working in a toxic workplace environment.
Studies have linked unhealthy workplaces to burnout, fatigue, stress and range of physical and mental illnesses. According to James Bryden (Founder of the Productivity Coach) who coaches leadership teams in building a healthy work culture, toxic workplaces are far more common than people realise.
What is causing the workplace to change?
Some of the factors impacting on the workplace include;
· The speed of workplace changes caused by technology and globalisation.
· Growing competition between businesses
· The rising expectations of stakeholder amongst businesses
· The ability to work from “anywhere at any time” — reducing downtime available for workers to re-energise.
· The reducing opportunities for permanent employment and the increasing number of contingent workers in the workplace.
· The shorter length of tenure in jobs — leading to job insecurity
These are just some of the factors that have impacted the workplace in recent time and there is no letup in site. In a recent Deloitte White paper on the future of work, research indicated that the pace of change in the workplace is predicted to accelerate as technology and changing demographics drive change.
The value of good culture in the workplace
Businesses understand that culture is important for their success. In the same study, 70% of CEO’s believe that culture is critically important to the success of their business. So if so many business believes that a good culture is critical to success, why are we not seeing this reflected in the workplace? The fact is that it is happening in the workplace, it just may not be happening in your workplace.
Signs of toxic culture in the workplace
James says that, “Unless organisations actively work to create a thriving culture then there is a high probability that the workplace will turn toxic. Tell-tale signs are dysfunctional behaviour like bullying, neglect of duty and infighting.
“Other signs are the common occurrence of the casual office snide remark, absenteeism, people unwilling or fearful of speaking up at meetings or meetings which are lectures rather than an interaction, lack of innovation or new ideas and a general team disengagement.
People need to work in an environment where they are appreciated and valued. Values matter.”
In the toxic workplace, the importance of performance is often given as the reason that personal values are ignored. The irony is that the performance of a healthy workplace is a great deal higher than that of a toxic culture because people want to do their best. Employees are willing to go the extra mile.
When enough is enough
Healthy workplaces don’t just happen, they are the result of dedicated efforts and values. Organisations that want to have a good culture need to lead from the top down, encourage a culture of trust and set strong values.
If you’re enduring a toxic workplace, you need to ask yourself whether it is worth staying there. Unless you are able to influence the culture then It may be in your best interest to find another environment where you can thrive.
When people stay
One of the reasons people put up with a toxic culture is not just the fear of not being able to find a suitable replacement job but the fear of ending up in a similar (or worse) situation. Jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. However, with the right activity and a bit of preparation, it doesn’t have to be like that at all. Here are a couple of things you can do before changing jobs.
2 Important steps prior to applying for a new job
It is so important to research the culture of prospective companies — in fact long before applying for a new job. Companies don’t always advertise when they are looking for staff. As many as 80% of successful job placements are not advertised. And that is another reason to research companies before you start looking.
The first step is to review companies in your job sector and to take an inventory of your skills and experience. This can be a bit challenging, particularly if you have never done this before. A good way to do this is with the help of a career adviser or job search coach. You can find out more about this topic by tapping into free resources. find out more…