Is Your Workplace Toxic?

October 14, 2010  |  

A recent Harris Interactive Survey indicated that only 20 percent of the American workforce feels very passionate about their jobs.  Being that most Americans spend at least 1,960 hours at work, which equates to more than 22.4% of their lives, these statistics are fairly somber.  Thus, it is very important to begin assessing our places of employment to ascertain if they are beneficial or harmful to our spiritual, emotional and physical health.  In some cases, there are workplaces that are primarily composed of toxic people who will not add any value to our lives and who will preclude your organization from becoming a great company.  To be sure, no job in corporate America is perfect, but places of employment should not be a burden and an unbearable yoke on the soul.  If you work in a non-value adding work environment, it would prove constructive to begin planning a new job or a new career, if possible.

Over the next week, it would prove valuable if you could walk around your workplace and assess fruits of whether you are working in a toxic environment.  Again, no job is perfect, so the presence of one of the following signs does not necessarily indicate a harmful workplace.  However, the more indications of these anomalies that you observe, it is very likely that you may be working in such a workplace:

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