How to Tell if Your Business is Toxic and What to do about It

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Do you think your workplace is toxic? Haven’t we all been there at some point in our careers? You know what that is like. It is definitely not an environment fit for productivity. It ruins morale within the workplace. This in turn will effect the way customers get treated, which will effect sales and revenue, which will . . . . . do you see where this is headed.

Alright, so just what are we looking for? What are the signs of a failing company-culture? What is happening in your place of business that is creating this toxic mess?

There are a number of things that can be taking place causing severe damage to your business reputation, product, and or service. It is of the greatest importance that you catch and correct all issues that have caused your workplace to become toxic. This is not just for the sake of the business. You have to consider the health and well being of yourself and your employees as well. Keep in mind that very few things function normally with an illness. Then also keep in mind that a business is not one among them.

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You are going to want to pay attention to your employees. Mainly those who do the bulk work, not the leaders. If your workers are following company policy and communication is good within the company then things will flow beautifully. Which means your leaders are doing their job? Honestly, you want to seek out the childish behavior first. Things like gossip groups, employees without accountability. Are your employees cautious around each other? Do your employees go to work just to “do their job and leave”? Are your employees not showing an interest in sharing their thoughts or feelings? Do they feel unappreciated? Do they seem as if they don’t exactly know what’s going on or expected of them? These are signs of not only a toxic work environment, but possible and most likely poor leadership as well.

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Now to your leaders

The people meant to represent the company-culture to the fullest. They are pillars of the company. Truth of the matter is, if and when your leaders become toxic, so does the workplace. They go hand in hand. It is their job to exemplify and communicate the company policy and procedures to those that they manage. So how are your leaders? Are they all about themselves? Do they think they are better because they have some sort of position of power? Are your employees avoiding your managers? Is there any favoritism being shown by your leadership team? Do your leaders have poor decision making skills? Are your leaders’ poor examples of the standards you hold your company to?

These are serious questions to ask when it comes to having either healthy thriving company, or a failing toxic one. Oh and God forbid if you have the toxic ‘my way, or no way’ boss. No need to worry at all. Having a non-toxic company is easily accomplished.

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Communication is Key

If the Head can’t convey the company vision to management, then those under management can’t play its role in fulfilling that vision. Avoid micro-management at all costs. No one enjoys working with someone standing over them. Exercise full disclosure within the company. The low man on the totem pole is more important than the CEO, and should be made to feel that way.

Do not overwork your employee, period. Avoid favoritism always, at all costs.Basically show appreciation to your workers. Remember that you are a corporate entity with many different parts all functioning together as one. No one part, portion, or person is more important than any other, or the mission and vision of the company. When you are all on one accord, there is a harmonious work environment.

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