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Signs You’ve Created A Toxic Workplace

Signs You’ve Created A Toxic Workplace

Anyone who enters the workforce in any kind of profession is likely to encounter at least one unpleasant boss, manager, or supervisor, in their time. Complaining about a boss falls on deaf ears in this day and age because so many professionals have had to deal with toxicity in the workplace. Toxic behaviors come from toxic experiences which have never been processed or regulated in someone’s life. It might be true that some people are simply toxic people. As we learn in recovery, people who are struggling, people who have problems, and people who act in problematic ways aren’t necessarily bad people. We hear the phrase that we aren’t bad people trying to get good but sick people trying to get well. Professionals who create a toxic workplace are sick and struggling, in some area of their life. Healing and recovery are deeply needed for these individuals so they can recover fully.

What if you are the source of toxicity in the workplace? Your toxic behaviors may or may not be on your radar, but are certainly being felt by others in the office. The sooner you become aware of these toxic behavioral patterns in the office, the sooner you can change them. Changing toxic workplace behaviors requires first identifying them, then investigating them, and finally healing them with change.

  • When a new hire or an old hire makes a mistake, you find that you are unable to control your frustration. You slam them with unfair criticisms and hurtful comments. If anyone needs your guidance or support, you feel personally burdened- even though it is your job to provide the guidance and support they seek.
  • Instead of lamenting every mistake someone else makes, you might be obsessing over them. Delegation and trust has transformed into micro-management and control. You’ve stripped everyone in the workplace of their autonomy in their jobs, becoming more stressed, obsessive, and frustrated as you go.
  • Compassion and empathy have left your job description entirely. Outright, you let employees know you aren’t interested in their feelings, their life experiences, or anything other than what is required of them in their job.
  • Managing your team has become so much of a focus that you can no longer manage your own life. Increasingly, your life has grown out of your control, leaving you to feel constantly behind, have too much demanded of you, and increase your resentments toward yourself, your job, your workplace, and your employees.
  • Turning to drugs, alcohol, or self-harming habits has become a regular part of your self-soothing.

Your employees, coworkers, or colleagues may be too intimidated by the toxicity you have created to confront you.

You can recover by confronting the issues in your life affecting you professionally, mentally, and physically. Call the Center For Professional Recovery today for information on our treatment programs and services: 855-422-4129

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