- Constant lack of clarity around projects
- Different employees receiving different messages
- Passive-aggressive communication
- Failure to listen
- Walking on eggshells
2. Cliques, Exclusion + Gossip
- Constant feeling of exclusion from a group of people
- The same group goes to lunches, grabs coffee, and organizes happy hours together
- Projects are offered to a particular group, regardless of talent or experience
- Large parts of the workday spent whispering or chatting on messaging platforms
3. Bad Leadership
While high turnover is a pretty decent sign that a workplace is toxic, leaving a job is a tough decision to make. When you notice that several people are making that decision, then something is up.
- Frenetic Burnout: Frenetic burnout is experienced by employees who put a ton of energy into their work in the hopes that the output will be rewarding. After a sustained period of dedicated work, the frenetic worker does not find positive outcomes.
- Underchallenged Burnout: This type of burnout occurs when an employee feels underchallenged and bored at work. Being unable to find any satisfaction in a job, the underchallenged employees find themselves in a lowered mood.
- Worn-out Burnout: The worn-out employee is someone who is resigned about their work after experiencing consistent work stress over a long period of time. Having experienced negligible rewards, the worn-out employee feels disillusioned and uninspired by the job at hand.
Now no person or job should ever make you feel like you're not smart enough or good enough for the position you are in, especially when you're giving it your all. Sometimes bosses are just not good leaders and you should try not to take it personally. You might feel nervous all the time, and worried that everything you do is wrong. It's common to take it personally and begin to question your own worth. Never let that happen and get to that point.
Just because you have a job doesn't mean you need to deal with a toxic work environment. If you find that you're dealing with the majority of these signs, it might be a good idea to make some changes in your career. Remember: your personal well-being should be FIRST priority, and just because it's not working out at this current job doesn't mean it won't work out with other jobs.