Tag: toxic workplace


The Importance of Psychological Safety at Work

There are a number of factors employees look for in corporate culture. They want to work in an environment where they get along with their colleagues and where the company values closely resemble their own, for example. Psychological Safety in the Workplace One factor that’s become increasingly important is psychological safety. The Center for Creative […]

How Employers Can Prevent Workplace Toxicity and Retain Workers

The American workforce continues to feel the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Great Resignation. At the end of 2021, U.S. job openings stood at nearly 11 million, and over 4 million people quit their jobs in December alone. While some workers are leaving their jobs for better pay or benefits, new analysis shows […]

How to Recognize, Stop Microaggressions at Work

“Death by a thousand cuts.” That’s what microaggressions feel like to the affected individual. Read on to learn how to recognize and stop the indignities from happening in your workplace. What are Microaggressions? Dr. Derald Wing Sue, a Columbia University professor and pioneer in the field of cross-cultural studies, defines microaggressions as “brief and commonplace […]

How to Deal with the Narcissist at Work

Chances are you have encountered a narcissistic coworker or boss at some point in your career. This is a person who constantly shifts attention back to himself or herself, discounts your ideas to present his or her own, or is continually name-dropping or bragging about his or her credentials to impress people.   Toxic and dysfunctional […]

#Metoo Comes to the Playing Field

The National Football League (NFL) recently levied a $10 million fine against the Washington Football Team (WFT) for fostering a workplace culture loaded with sexual harassment, bullying, and intimidation. The fine, imposed at the end of a months-long investigation, is one of the harshest penalties the league has ever assessed. The money will be used […]

The Culture of Overwork

Colloquialisms about “sweatshops” and being “worked to the bone” by an employer are, of course, hyperbolic if taken anywhere near literally, at least in the United States, which has a robust set of laws and regulations aimed at preventing the exploitation of workers. Nevertheless, it is certainly true that the cultures of many companies tacitly […]


Toxic Workplaces in the Remote Office

For many, one of the bright spots of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the ability to work from home for the last year. In addition to the greater flexibility and shorter commute, many employees hoped for some relief from toxic workplaces. Workplace Toxicity Follows Employees Home Unfortunately, and surprisingly, many victims of a toxic workplace […]

Toxic Workplace Communication Largely Directed at People of Color

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much for an otherwise decent workplace to turn toxic. Employees who toxify a workplace often do so through workplace communications. A recent survey examined trends among such communication and found something disturbing: People of color bear the brunt of toxic workplace communications.

Ignore Them and They’ll Go Away: Dealing With Toxic Employees

“Ignore them and they will go away” was advice that I heard about bullies when I was a kid (and about teeth by one snarky dentist). Whether that approach works or not, that certainly seems to be what fellow employees do most often to their toxic co-workers. Recent research shows that 44% of respondents say […]


Should You Train and Develop Your Employees to Be More Competitive?

According to some experts, competition can be a positive thing inside the workplace, encouraging employees to problem solve and be more innovative and creative. Yet others claim that unmonitored competition can lead to a toxic workplace where workers are constantly stressed, fatigued, backstabbing one another, and so on.