What employers need to know about toxic workplaces

The concept of a toxic work culture is prevalent in a world where employees expect their jobs to be a fulfilling part of their lives. Their logic runs something along the lines of, “I’m going to be spending the majority of my life at work, so it needs to matter to me.” They aren’t too far off.

Today, switching employers is relatively easy and top talent can find other options that meet their personal and professional goals.

As an employer, if your employees are leaving constantly, it’s not just chance. There is a reason. We refer to this as a “toxic” work culture and we believe this goes beyond just negativity in the workplace. We believe this term refers to and describes turnover cultures.

Toxicity is defined as “containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation.” In financial terms, it means a high-risk investment that is likely to default and can’t be sold. Employers benefit from looking at toxic workplaces from a this perspective: after all, your employee is hired to fix a problem for you. They are an investment you hope pays off. If they are at a high risk of leaving you, there’s an investment that has gone awry.

A toxic culture can be caused by a handful of things:

1. Bad management that goes unchecked.
2. Work environments that destroy productivity
3. Positions that are high-risk
4. A disgruntled employee or group of employees
5. Fear culture in new and/or long-term employees.
6. Outside influences that attack one group of employees.(This can be especially true when you notice just one group has high turnover).

Depending on your case, you may be dealing with a combination of toxic influences that are leading to your current turnover problems. Remember though, that leadership has the responsibility to fix the toxic workplace problem. This task is one of the joys and pains of being an employer. You as the employer must be the one to move your company away from a toxic culture.

For free resources, contact us today! Our consultants send you in the right direction and make suggestions that actually make sense for your business. we’re trained to be problem solvers–not sales people.


Merriam-Webster. Toxic. Retrieved from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toxic.

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