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Some Workplace Red Flags

We tend to think we'd identify a toxic work environment like a gigantic slap in the face. But even though a toxic workplace may appear clearly dysfunctional for outsiders, it may appear “normal” to employees. Some work environments are healthy and lead to an open exchange of ideas and technologies. Unfortunately, others can be obviously more toxic, but it's not always easy to notice when it's your everyday reality. When you've worked with an organization for a long time, it's easy to get used to things that wouldn't be acceptable in another workplace.

Even though things look good on the surface, you can see that your workplace is toxic and has a surprising number of these red flags. Apart from the things people say, what are some other signs you should be aware of? Read below:

1. Lack of positive feedback

Feedback is vital to anything. And if you get positive feedback, that will help you do a better job. It will make you feel confident and enthusiastic. On the other hand, if you will receive a negative, then the effect would be opposite. If the organisation brings you down through direct or indirect means, you are probably working in a toxic environment. If you identify this problem, do not hesitate to consider leaving. Happy workers want others to be successful.

2. Monitoring your screens

Your company should not need to know the rate of movement of your cursor or any type of surveillance; this is not just a red flag, it's a blaring siren. Being micromanaged can be incredibly demoralizing, stressful, and even affect your mental health.

3. An Unstable Work-Life Balance

When you're not working, you can focus on other things, like your family, friends, hobbies, etc. But some employers expect more than that. Then there are jobs where you are supposed to work as many hours as possible, with little or no vacation and no time off, even if you can't get to work. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

Take time to evaluate what your workplace is like. Do you think there’s a destructive culture out there that infects everybody at the grassroots? If yes, then consider this as your sign to contemplate leaving.

Moral of the story:

If you encounter one or more of these, run. These are just a few of the problematic policies some employers have in place, but that makes one thing perfectly clear: Why would you want to work in an environment that doesn’t trust its employees?

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