How Toxic is Your Workplace?
Larry Buhl | for HotJobs
Nobody loves going to work all the time—but there’s a difference between routine workplace hassles and a working environment that stresses you out to the point of illness, according to Linnda Durre, the author of “Surviving the Toxic Workplace.”
Durre suggests that hostile working environments typically have one or more types of dysfunction—how many symptoms does yours have?
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Immoral and illegal activities
Abusive bosses and poisonous coworkers
Just plain annoying
Any one of these issues indicates a toxic environment and should not be tolerated, according to Durre. And if you’ve got check marks next to items in more than one category, your workplace may be dangerously poisonous. Unfortunately, employees often believe that these problems are the cost of doing business and must be endured. “Many workers believe they are helpless to change the situation and suffer devastating physical problems from the stress and anger,” Durre says.