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3 Indicators of a Toxic Work Environment

On31/ 10 /18
Sunday, 6 PM. You feel paralysed by the thought of returning to the office tomorrow morning. 

Sounds familiar? This might be a sign you are stuck in a toxic work environment. 

It’s not you – it’s your job.

Did you know that in 2017, stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 40% of all work-related illness?  

When it comes to a toxic environment, many employees blame themselves for an inability to deal with the workload given and associated stresses. 

By thinking this way, employees cause themselves further anxiety, which can result in lasting emotional consequences.

Recognising a toxic environment is easier said than done however, which is why you should carefully analyse any signs and take action if necessary.  

Lack of communication

The first red flag is a lack of communication between both peers and management. 

While this might not be a cause for concern initially, watch out for extra signals such as lack of support when it comes to dealing with your supervisor. In addition, while it’s fine to have your ideas challenged, another sign to look out for is the constant shutting down of your ideas with no explanation. 

Unhealthy communication patterns should also get your attention. Finding out about decisions made after they have been agreed or implemented is not ideal, and is not indicative of a successful workplace. 

Negative boss

Although we should always respect our boss, having to deal with one who doesn’t reciprocate this respect can be a concerning sign.

In the long run, this kind of behaviour might impact negatively on your professional development.

Remember that good leaders inspire, and dealing with a moody and unprofessional boss can contribute to a nervous and unhealthy workplace. 


A significant and common problem in the workplace is equal treatment of employees . This is especially true for smaller companies with little structure, where bosses tend to favourite particular employees because of their attitude or loyalty. And while many experienced workers won’t notice, newcomers may. 

If you happen to be one of them, take the reins and, instead of concerning yourself with your boss’s feelings about your co-workers, focus your energy on what really matters – your job. At work, make sure that you put your best foot forward and see if the boss recognises it. If time passes by and your achievements go unnoticed, it might be a good time to start looking for a new role that would fulfil your career and job expectations. 

If you need professional help to find your next dream role, contact our recruiters today. At Bucks & Berks, we always look for top local talents in Wokingham, Bracknell, Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead and Reading areas!
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