One of the worst experiences I had in the course of my career journey was working in a very toxic environment. Both bosses I had (male and female) were terrors especially the female. They were psychological tormentors and verbally abusive. 

It was so bad that I could hardly sleep much at night and even when I got up in the morning to get prepared for work, I would feel so sick to my stomach and somewhat scared of what the day had in store for me. I was losing weight by the day just as much as I was losing focus on the job. I dreaded the yells, insults, or possibly transferred aggression that had subtly become the norm in the office.

Other employees were affected by this wrong attitude so much so that the accountant in the office developed high blood pressure due to the psychological stress and trauma. The day I resigned from the job was one of my happiest days. I didn’t mind the fact I had no other job to fall back on but the singular fact that I had my peace of mind was enough for me.

Barely a week after I resigned, some other staff too resigned. What a slap in the face!

I can imagine employees still going through this torture but are scared to leave the job because the bills have got to be paid. So they keep managing and enduring the job. 

The workplace is not meant to be a bully zone where CEOs or business owners toy with people’s emotions or psyche just to show them who is boss. The fact you are a boss doesn’t mean you should be a tyrant or dictator or micromanager. A business that operates bully style never gets the best out of the staff. Instead, you keep pushing them away and you find yourself having to hire more often than is required.

Sadly, research has it that 11.3% of companies operate toxic cultures and this is no way good for business because a toxic environment causes productivity of your business to take a nosedive while unhappiness, stress, and tensions would go through the roof.

Do you find yourself building toxic cultures or creating a toxic workplace for your employees? If yes and you can admit this, then it isn’t too late to turn around. Here are some quick tips:

  • Revisit your mission statement. Always be guided by it and build your business culture around it.
  • Spread positive energy all around the workplace.
  • Be approachable and willing to listen to your staff.
  • Replace staffs who are unwilling to change their toxic habits
  • Communicate properly and be understandable.
  • Stay humble
  • Show concern to your team
  • Be friendly

The success of your business rides on the co-operation of your team most times. It doesn’t matter how much the employees are paid. If not treated rightly, they begin to react – grumble, frown, lose self-esteem etc. and your business suffers. Your business/company should be accommodating to everyone. This way, you get the best out of your team.

Be guided by the words of Marcus Buckingham, “People don’t leave bad companies, they leave bad managers”.

Have you ever worked in a toxic environment? What was your experience like? Kindly share in the comment section.

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