A toxic work environment doesn't necessarily mean everyone verbally attacks one another every minute of the day. It more often reflects the company culture as a whole, rather than a few individuals with a bad attitude.

A toxic work culture impacts people and productivity, and key attributes include:

  • Unclear, obscure and irrelevant goals and values
  • Ambiguous and unclear roles
  • Passive, passive-aggressive or aggressive communication
  • One-way decision-making
  • Lack of listening
  • Staff being treated as a resource and not valued
  • No employee input or autonomy
  • Nonexistent company culture
  • Gossip, drama, conflicts and team apathy

Toxic work environments have become more commonplace, and subsequently, more people are experiencing mental health problems and burnout as a result of their work. The culmination of these results is being dubbed "The Great Resignation." A report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that an all-time high of 4.5 million people in the United States walked away from their