Every employee wants to work in an office where their colleagues and boss greet them with a smile each morning, where everyone is eager to do their best work. However, it’s becoming more likely that your office will be filled with unnecessary drama and your coworkers will spend more time fighting amongst themselves than collaborating on an important project.
Toxic workplaces are becoming more common. According to a 2018 study by Warble, 63 percent of respondents witnessed behavior at work that was disruptive to culture, productivity, and/or the business but didn’t report it to management or HR. Why? Because 46 percent of those respondents believed no action would be taken.
“One of the best ways to fight against a toxic workplace culture is to keep yourself out of the fray otherwise your brain will get hijacked by the negativity,” said Tracey Adams, PhD, CEO, and co-founder of ThriveOn Seminars in Portland, Oregon.
Here are 15 ways your workplace may turn sour and how to keep your sanity if that happens.