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Toxic work environments

On Behalf of | Feb 6, 2017 | Workplace Injuries |

Toxic workplaces in Fayetteville are more common than some people think. Many employers are making changes to their facilities to reduce workplace injuries, not realizing that there are just as many or even more toxic issues right under their noses. These problems can lead to workplace illnesses that may be covered under workers’ compensation. As an employee, you have a right to work in a place that is free from health hazards. To protect yourself from these dangers, you should learn how to recognize them in your work environment.

Low employee morale

When employees are not eager to come to work and call in sick frequently, it could indicate that morale is low. Workers may look for reasons to take frequent breaks, leave early and not complete their job duties. They may also have bad attitudes that interfere with their ability to maintain a healthy and productive work environment. Pay may be lower than desired and there may be little room for career growth.

High turnover

Workplaces that have harmful work environments tend to have a rate of high turnovers. For example, a job that is always advertising to fill certain positions may seem like it has a revolving door for employees. The employer may have a reputation for mistreating its workers, violating their rights and enforcing work hours that employees may not have agreed to when they accepted job offers.

High stress

Workers who are in an environment where stress runs high tend to fall ill and sustain injuries more often than people with calmer workplaces. High levels of stress can impact a worker’s ability to perform his or her job correctly. It can lead to fatigue, depression and other negative feelings that can alter the work environment for other employees.

Poor communication

Work environments that have poor communication can make employees feel unsettled. This can lead to increased stress levels, negative attitudes and a constant state of disarray because one worker may not understand or know what another employee is doing. Messages and decisions may not be received or handled in a timely manner, and there may be a constant circulation of misleading information. There may also be poor leadership in place and new policies implemented every day.

Toxic work environments are very harmful for workers and can lead to the development of chronic health conditions. Workers should have their health monitored regularly to prevent complications. Employees should document any health concerns that develop, especially if they interfere with the ability to perform their jobs. If you are experiencing health issues that are related to your job, you should speak to an attorney about your situation so you can learn more about your options.