12 Signs of a Toxic Workplace

Kelly Burns
2 min readMay 26, 2021
Man is sitting with two female co-workers and they are all staring at a computer screen. They are expressionless and do not look happy to be at work. There is one woman wearing a hijab in the middle of her two co-workers. A large wall of windows brings in the natural outdoor light behind them.
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1. Little or no access to HR or your own manager.

2. You are discouraged from connecting with managers other than your own.

3. On your last day, you are not allowed to speak with your former co-workers or say goodbye to colleagues.

4. You get little or no feedback and you are discouraged from asking for it.

5. Verbal abuse, condescending emails, and bullying by your manager and team members.

6. No sensitivity to what's going on in your personal life. Instead, if you have anything going on at home and you need help, you are branded a problem.

7. You aren't allowed to participate in key groups to help you grow.

8. Your manager is overwhelmed and is not able to meet with you.

9. The job you are in is a revolving door. It's always on job boards, and you know it's only a matter of time until you are next.

10. You are not trusted to do the job you were hired to do and you don't have a fair chance to learn the role. Failure is discouraged and you are expected to be perfect.

11. There is no Exit Interview, or interest in your views when parting ways. HR, and the company itself, do not care about getting or giving feedback.

12. Your boss tells you many people need a job right now so you should be grateful to have one.

(First Published on LinkedIn on May 24th, 2021)

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Kelly Burns

writer and sometimes singer/composer & painter. Italian-American. INFP. I write fiction and nonfiction. www.kellyburns.com