Interesting topic of discussion from one of our quarterly health check engagement with our client's employee.
👉 My response?
Don't speak to individuals who are continuously talking about their "toxic" work environment.
Because confirmation bias will happen;
a. Boss who raise their voice = toxic environment
b. Boss who micromanage = toxic environment
c. Boss who does not recognize your contribution = toxic environment
Any event that matches in with past experience = toxic environment.
And before you know it, you'll end up drowning in a self created world of negativity.
👉 My opinion?
🔸 There are bosses who raise voices but some might unintentionally raise their voice (and has the self awareness to adjust after that).
🔸 There are bosses who micromanage but might be doing it due to performance issue.
🔸 There are indeed bosses who are unappreciative of performers and extra effort but this doesn't outright create an unworkable environment.
There's a need to understand context of the event and be pragmatic to the reality of a workplace.
There's never a perfect workplace. In fact, every workplace will have some form of event / people that creates negative experience.
It's important to remember that...
...🚫 Negative experience does not necessarily equate to toxic environment.
Therefore, best to find an experienced colleague/mentor who has undergone multiple challenges to provide objective viewpoint and recommendation.
👉 Summarizing this...
Find someone who gives you objective alternative opinion & perspective and is willing to tell you something that you do not wish to hear.
Do NOT find someone who will confirm everything that you say.