It's not me, it's you - 5 signs your work environment is the problem

Do you hate your job and are considering a whole new career? Wait, it might not be necessary, have you considered it could be your environment and workplace culture that you hate?

Do you find yourself complaining daily about your colleagues, boss and workplace politics? Do you often feel outraged? If so it’s likely that your workplace has become toxic, which can be harmful to your wellbeing. 

You may just need to rediscover your career (and workplace) values and change jobs! If you are struggling to define your values, you might find my Five Steps to Finding your Career Values workbook on my Resources page helpful.

To help you out, I’ve listed 5 signs below (I’m sure there are many more too):

  1. Detachment

    Does everyone seem miserable and appear to have given up? Nobody wants to take initiative and are only doing the bare minimum? It’s likely that hard work is not rewarded in this work place, so why bother? Feeling taken for granted and unappreciated will drain the passion and enthusiasm out of most people. Those who have the confidence to change jobs will leave quickly, leaving a lot who stick around for job security which can become the ‘collective’ mood.

  2. Illness

    Toxic work environments and stress cause sickness. Are you and you co-workers off sick a lot?

  3. Staff turnover is high

    It’s likely that they will be long-standing staff members who have got used to the toxic environment and accept it as ‘normal’, however new employees will come and go because they have experienced happier workplaces.

  4. Controlling management

    So many rules and regulations. Everything needs to be approved, so you are constantly held up and cannot get on with your work. These environments cause productivity and passion to plummet. Process is important, but it needs to work for the employees too.
    Or maybe you are being micromanaged? Whilst some may benefit from direct instruction, most people become disengaged when a manager is overbearing. It can make employees feel like they are not ‘good enough’, whilst having to constantly having prove themselves.

  5. Your work life balance is not respected.

    A good employer and manager will know the benefits gained by employees leaving on time and having a good work-life balance. Whilst some jobs do require long hours, the issue lies in unclear boundaries. For example, you are supposed to leave at 5pm, but your manager expects you to work longer and for free. It’s proven that if you are efficient in your working hours, staying longer isn’t productive. If you find yourself working outside your hours, cancelling plans and prioritise catching up on work email over your personal life, then I would question your workplace’s culture on work-life balance.