If you look at teams that are happy, engaged, and doing their best work, they typically have one thing in common—they work in a healthy and supportive work environment. But the opposite is also true, and a toxic work culture can not only cause serious issues for your team—but serious issues for your business.
Let’s look at a few common pitfalls in a toxic work environment.
Most employees say bad communication is one of the top indicators of a bad or stressful work environment. Communication is the root cause of bad organizations—or good organizations operating poorly.
Spend some time observing and interacting with your team to see where, how, and why conflict arises; For example, you may find the main source of conflict is that your team has trouble agreeing on what to do and how to do it. In that case, setting clear expectations and making sure all team members are clear on who is responsible for what at the onset of a project—can help to resolve conflict.
When your team is scared to speak their mind or make mistakes, innovation is impossible, which can make your organization less competitive. Plus, if employees feel like they can’t speak up or try new things at work without the fear of repercussions, eventually, they’re going to get sick of walking on eggshells—and bring their voice and ideas elsewhere.
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