If you face significant stressors at work on a daily basis, you are in a toxic environment. The same is true if you constantly feel devalued and dread your job.
Consistently dealing with negativity at work significantly impacts your mental health. Experiencing daily triggers can lead to anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses.
Recognition of these mental health concerns is important for your quality of life. Finding a more supportive work environment with a different employer may be in your best interest.
The following six signs show that your job is negatively impacting your mental health.
1. Your Input Is Not Valued
Your ideas and opinions need to be respected. You were hired because your skills and abilities can add value to the organization.
- Your team members’ opinions may be treated as more important than your opinions.
- Your teammates’ ideas consistently might be developed and implemented rather than your ideas.
- Your team and/or manager could regularly put down or ignore your thoughts.
2. Bullying Is Common
Your coworkers or manager consistently may say you are not performing well enough without providing actionable steps to improve. You deserve praise for what you are doing well and specific suggestions to do better in other areas.
- You may receive sideways glances or be spoken to in a demeaning way.
- You might be called names or threatened with termination.
3. Management Lacks Accountability
Your manager should be listening to you and implementing your input. They also need to be held responsible for their actions and results.
- Having nobody to answer to encourages managers to do as they want.
- Nobody is likely to hear your concerns and facilitate change.
4. Transparency Is Nonexistent
Management may withhold information that you need to know. This might affect your work performance, your ability to be promoted, or your job stability.
- Managers and leaders may be keeping secrets to hide the negative results of bad business decisions.
- You likely have no have no knowledge of or opportunities to provide input for business issues.
- Your manager probably will not explain why things are done a certain way and why the process cannot be changed.
5. Policies and Expectations Are Unclear
Rules, structure, and defined roles are important for effective business operations. You need to know what is expected of you, how success is measured, and whether you are reaching company standards.
- Lack of information in these areas prevents you from performing your best.
- Not knowing what you are working to attain prevents you from achieving company goals.
6. Employee Turnover Is High
A toxic work environment has a high employee turnover rate. You may feel like following the employees’ example by leaving.
- Employees who resign likely do not feel valued.
- There may be a lack of training or upward mobility.
- These employees may be let go for not following rules that appear arbitrary.
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