Office environment and culture have always a huge effect on the people working and the other things around. Toxic cultures and environments not only bring down the energy level of employees, but they also make them quit.
Here are a few things that signs you in a toxic environment and a little piece of advice of managing such a toxic environment
Deprecation and Disrespect
No matter what post you’re working at, you gotta give respect and in return you deserve respect. In corporate circle, it’s a very usual practice to belittle others on purpose. I don’t know but corporate slaves (not all) have this thing in themselves of pushing others and demotivate them without any obvious reasons. People hardly give you credit for your good job but if somebody bad happens then pack your bags my friend because everybody will make sure they mock you and belittle you for whatever is done. In such situations only give respect where it is required and deserved and don’t take bad things to your heart just ignore them and fly them away with confidence
Harassment is not only sexual, but it is also a form of discrimination. It includes any unwanted physical or verbal behavior that offends or humiliates you. Generally, in office environments, a lot of such cases appear. If you feel like somebody is trying to dominate you or abuse you even verbally, immediately report it and take action
Sometimes people holding authority tries to control you and your work. It is considered a very normal thing in corporate culture to dominate others and control them just to practice power. People will try to tell you that you’re doing it in the wrong way and you should try what they think is right. In such cases, pay attention that whether the other person is giving you sincere advice or just trying to make you do things their way, and then act accordingly.
Micromanagers may have good intentions trying to get work done well but they drive us crazy. Micromanagement saps the life out of us, causing apathy at work.
In an eye-opening article on the dangers of micromanagement, HBR blog contributor Christina Bielaszka-DuVernay writes, “because a consistent pattern of micromanagement tells an employee you don’t trust his work or his judgment, it is a major factor in triggering disengagement.”
Lack of Encouragement and Motivation
When we go to work, we like to be rewarded and recognized for our contributions. If this isn’t happening, or worse, people doing mediocre work are getting the same treatment as strong performers, it’s natural to just turn off and do your job on autopilot. Companies that don’t deal with performance issues bring down the average for everyone.
Encouragement always boosts your confidence and helps you do better. Most employees need the motivation to feel good about their jobs and perform optimally. Some employees are money motivated while others find recognition and rewards personally motivating. Motivation levels within the workplace have a direct impact on employee productivity. Workers who are motivated and excited about their jobs carry out their responsibilities to the best of their ability and production numbers increase as a result.