How to Know When You’re in a Toxic Work Environment
Your work environment affects more than just your workday. Working in an environment that leaves you feeling drained and unmotivated can have lasting effects on many other areas of your life. Negative work environments can cause anxiety, over-exhaustion, declining mental and physical health, impacted personal lives, and more. We spend so much of our week in our place of work, and it’s more important than ever to protect your energy and health. Keep reading to learn how to identify a toxic work environment and what you can do if you find yourself in one.
Signs of a Toxic Work Environment
It’s easy to become so involved in your work that you overlook its impact on your health. However, knowing how your work environment affects you as an individual and your career is essential. Here are a few signs to look out for in your workplace.
- Poor Communication: Low team communication, minimal or exclusively negative feedback, and disorganized communication are important indicators of an unhealthy workplace. A team should be able to communicate effectively, and your opinions should hold value.
- Low Morale: Unhappy, grumpy, passive-aggressive employees don’t contribute to a positive workplace. It’s normal to have bad days, but there’s cause for concern if you and your co-workers are experiencing only bad days.
- Ineffective or Mean Management: Managers are supposed to lead your company and motivate your team to achieve goals and work together. Great managers don’t bully, belittle, or micromanage.
- High Employee Turnover: High turnover is often a result of many elements of a toxic work environment. Simply put, no one should have to work in an environment where they aren’t valued or treated fairly.
What to Do If You Find Yourself In a Toxic Work Environment
We understand that finding yourself in a toxic work environment can feel overwhelming and discouraging. The good news is that you still have control over your position in this situation. You can work to set boundaries with your teammates and manager. You can make an effort to be a force of positive in your workplace. Ultimately, you can decide to leave an environment that doesn’t serve you.
How Comprehensive Dentistry Is Different
In our office, we understand that a healthy and positive workplace has profound effects on many other areas of your life. We strive to be good teammates and support and uplift each other daily. We offer competitive pay, a positive office culture, and a commitment to a healthy work/life balance. When you work in our office, we want you to look forward to coming to work! If you’re looking for employment within the dentistry industry, please contact us to discuss opportunities in our office.