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6 Signs Your Workplace is Toxic and How to Fix It

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In the midst of a troubled corporate culture, the company’s past reputation or achievements, level of talents, location, size, and awards won will not matter much. A toxic workplace not only means employees will flee in search of another opportunity, but remaining staff may hang their efforts below the minimum corporate target and the company’s bottom line.
In her July 16, 2018, HR Digest article, Anna Verasai says that whether it’s a minor warning, or something major, it’s still possible to fix your corporate culture. But how do you even know there’s trouble in your corporate culture? Her article details six warning signs of a negative corporate culture and what to do about it. 

1. Unmotivated employees
Are your employees present but don’t demonstrate presence? You will need to increase employee engagement by implementing a cultural shift that will include employee recognition, as well as enhancing communication and collaboration.

2. Dissatisfaction and workforce anxiety
Are you getting dissatisfactory results? Unclear vision and poor employee development make this one of the attributes of a bad corporate culture. Are you sure your employees are getting all the support they need? Acknowledging this challenge and positively influencing your team is a promising way of fixing this problem.

3. High employee turnover
When a company is always hiring for the same position, the management has a BIG question mark. Identifying why the employees are always leaving is the first step in fixing the negative corporate culture. Knowing the problem means it's half solved.

4. Being all things to all people
It shows that your corporate culture does not recognize individual strengths for a robust task delegation. This will not only hurt performance but deter healthy employee engagement. General performance should be derived from collective efforts and fair delegation of tasks based on individual strengths.

5. Failure to meet deadlines and goals
The success of every project is its delivery in due time and this may point to the lack of collaborative efforts and communication. Failure is not always defined at the top level but the imbalance of responsibilities at the downstream and other levels.

6. Lack of empathy
Empathy is one of the missing attributes in a toxic workplace. Lack of empathic leadership deters employee motivation and makes engagement strategies inefficient. Fixing this involves engaging employees in a personal conversation in one-on-one meetings. The idea is to build trust and improve professional relationships.

As we approach the final month of this year and beginning preparing for 2019, take a quick poll of your employees and your company to see any of these signs show up.