Toxic Workplaces


No-one wants to be the person who leads or creates a toxic workplace. And I don’t mean ‘toxic’ in that fun, superpower or zombie-creating sense of the word. As long as I could get my story optioned into a screenplay as a result of my leadership doing that, I could live with it. (Obviously, as a zombie, I wouldn’t have any choice but to live with it.)

No, I mean ‘toxic’ in the emotional sense. Good, skilled, motivated people enter your workplace, get infected and drop down to local inferior levels of performance. No-one wants to be the person who leads or creates that. Yet many people do unintentionally. And that doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long, slow and clearly obvious process in retrospect. It’d be helpful if people leading workplaces could have a little list of early-onset symptoms to give themselves a toxicity physical before it becomes irreversible.

I haven’t got one myself yet but Tanveer Naseer has blogged about his toxic workplace checklist. Well worth a read.

I’m off with the kids for a few days to a cabin in the woods for a summer holiday getaway. Hopefully not in a Cabin In The Woods kind of way, although with teenagers, who knows?

About Terry Williams - The Brain-Based Boss

I'm all about engaging people and helping you engage yours to influence behaviour to improve results - at work and at home. Maybe you're a manager, a salesperson, a leader, a parent, a presenter or an event organiser? You need to grab your people's attention, create some rapport, be memorable and influence behaviour change. How can we do that? I'm originally a trainer by trade, turned manager, turned comedian and partway back again. Author of 'THE GUIDE: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know', I write and speak about how to engage people, be they employees, family or yourself. How can we connect with people’s own internal motivations and help them use their own inner passions to drive towards productivity, success and happiness? And hopefully have a few laughs along the way... As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, I find myself drawing on my own extensive business experience. I specialise in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for organisations that are serious about improving the performance and lives of their people.

Posted on January 14, 2013, in Employee Engagement, Health And Wellness, Leadership, The Brain-Based Boss, Workplace Of Choice and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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