interesting juxtaposition has developed -- the simultaneous focus in
the world of work on toxic workplaces and creating positive work
Our book on toxic workplaces
and the subsequent training we created on how to avoid becoming a toxic
workplace (or survive one you are currently in) are growing in
popularity and interest. And I am asked more and more to speak to
professional associations and write on the topic.
At the same time, there is a growing body of literature on how to create a positive workplace environment (sometimes labeled as workplace culture or climate).
One might mistakenly conclude that the two types of work settings are just opposites of one another:
- If you create a positive atmosphere, the workplace won't be toxic, OR
- If a work environment isn't toxic, then it must be a positive environment.
Neither conclusion is necessarily true. Why? Because a truly toxic workplace
is comprised of more than negativity alone (poor communication,
dysfunctional patterns, lack of accountability). Similarly, there can
still be lot of unhealthy communication, decision-making and leadership
even when people relate in a cheerful manner. Read more...