According to UNC's Keenan-Flagler Business School, it is estimated that toxic workplaces cost U.S. employers $23.8 billion annually in the form of absenteeism, health care costs, lost productivity, and more.

A company's most valuable asset--its people--is rendered incapable to perform at a high level because most are too distracted by people trying to sabotage and manipulate the work environment.

If you work in such a place, most likely you've encountered these eight toxic work behaviors. 

1. Employees violate company policy.

These workers have no regard for the business by repeatedly violating written company policy. Things like stealing from the company, sharing proprietary information, engaging in discriminatory practices, bullying, or sexual harassment are par for the course.

2. Employees are typically unreliable.

These are employees who consistently miss deadlines, are often coming in late and leaving early, and are mysteriously absent. They can't be relied on to perform good work, and you can't trust them as far as you can throw them.

3. Employees are poor team players.

They act stubborn, whiny, or defensive and make it difficult for colleagues to get work done. Some act as if they know it all and can't listen to feedback; others complain to the point where nobody wants to work with them.

Workers actively act out their unhappiness by gossiping after meetings to crucify management and company direction. They're basically corporate teenagers whose time with the company is about to expire, and they're out to put a negative spin on things and spread rumors about others. 

5. Employees are resistant to change.

Since the world is constantly evolving and requires continuous adaptation, employees who are resistant to change are guaranteed to become obsolete and fail. The bad news is they may take colleagues down with them.

6. Management operates through bureaucracy.

There are too many levels of approval and management to get things done and a singular focus on micromanaging employees.

7. Management can't clearly communicate.

Employees have no idea what is really going on and no one knows the real truth of the current situation or what the future holds. This causes confusion, fear, and anxiety in the minds of workers.

8. Management has little or no concern for work-life balance.

People's personal or family lives must be sacrificed for the job. This is commonly evidenced by 50-hour-plus workweeks, little or no vacation time, and 24/7 availability for work communication.

Stanford Professor: 3 Unmistakable Signs You’re in a Toxic Workplace
Published on: Jul 19, 2018