Toxic Workplace

It is likely most people reading this have “done time” in a toxic workplace. You may still be working in one.


Toxic workplaces are the enemy of creativity, inspiration, productivity, health, confidence and good behaviour. There are many contributing factors. Essential to recognising that your workplace may indeed be toxic or heading in that direction, it is important to remember that it can be changed into a healthy workplace culture!

If you are a leader, ask yourself today:

What can I do to turn around this toxic workplace culture?

Frankly, employees are relying on you to pay attention to it and make the changes necessary. Positive change begins at the top and your ability to role model, set expectations, hold management and employees accountable is key to a positive workplace culture and an overall healthy workplace.

Management and employees can change their behaviour; we see it here every day with our EAP service as they bravely confront the realities of their behaviour or work performance.

However, as a leader, you have to create a road map for your employees to follow, give them the tools and training to make the leap and when things still do not change, it’s your job to make the tough decision to say goodbye to the toxicity makers in your toxic workplace.

It is essential as leaders that we ask ourselves these tough questions and examine our workplace. A healthy workplace culture takes work!

Think about it.  What kind of place do you want to show up to everyday? A toxic workplace or one with healthy workplace culture?  If you are in leadership and have the power to influence your workplace, then get honest about where things are today and where they could be. In addition, do not let the belief that it can’t be done or it will be too hard stop you.  Every journey begins with a first step towards your healthy workplace.    


At CiC we have many services and resources available to turn around your people and your workplace culture from top to bottom. As always, we are happy to offer our expertise and guidance to help you create your own road map to a healthy workplace culture. You are welcome to call us on 020 7937 6224 or email at