10 Signs That Say Your Workplace Is Not Healthy

By Shatavisha Chakravorty

The human intuition is a very strong indicator of feelings; often it tells us a lot of things about our surroundings without us being a part of the same. In fact, things that are told to us by our intuition may be very difficult to justify to others. There is no logical explanation for the same.

That is why, we often tend to disregard and ignore the same. However, the fact remains that more often than not, the intuition tells us things that are true, things that the rational part of our brain simply refuses to acknowledge.

Unhealthy Workplace Environment


Thus, if your intuition is telling you that your workplace is just not healthy, you must not just ignore the same. Rather you must take some time out of your hectic schedule and try to identify whether your workplace has these 10 vital signs of being an unhealthy one.

If it satisfies all (or most) of the features listed below, then you know what to do. Sticking on to an unhealthy workplace for years together will not only bring down your morale but will also break you as an individual. Make sure you do not allow such a thing to happen to you.

1. Strange Interview Process

The first step in getting any job is acing the interview. If you feel that this is just not right then you must make a note of the same. Companies which ask their prospective employees to do tasks that are not related to the job or the ones that have an altogether strange interview process are often seen to be the ones where employees are unhappy with the work environment.

2. Messy Office

2. Messy Office

To be able to get work done, a proper ambience is necessary. While it is acceptable that some people will be messier than the others, having a workplace that is messy altogether may not be a very good idea.

This just signifies that the people working there are not really interested in what they do and they are doing it just because they have to. This type of attitude is unhealthy to say the least.

3. Too Much Competition

While competing with fellow colleagues is a good idea, if you feel that everyone around is in a rat race and they are ready to trample over others to reach the top, then that is something that you should worry about.

Being in such a company is unhealthy as it will also instil this thought process in you which in turn will make you a worse person in your personal life as well.

4. Employees Walking Out

If you realise that too many people in the company are walking out, you may want to question the reason for the same.

One or two people may be leaving a company for personal and professional reasons. However, if the same thing happens in bulk, chances are that is because there is something seriously unhealthy about the company. This may make you want to reconsider your decision of staying in the same.

5. Poor Leadership And Management

If you feel that the people who you are reporting to are the ones who lead only by talks and do not lead by example then chances are that you are in the wrong company.

If the management is constantly taking decisions that increase the inconvenience for all (or a major chunk of) its lower level employees, then that is a very clear indication that the company at work is not a healthy one. Make sure you get out of this sort of a workplace as soon as you can.

6. Lack Of Respect

If you see that the workplace is such that nobody respects the other person, then chances are you are in an improper place. Remember that when we speak of respect it is not restricted to professional respect alone.

If people do not respect the personal boundaries that you have set for yourself, then that is something to be equally conscious about. A workplace which is conducive to learning is one where all sorts of boundaries are respected.

7. Very Strict Hierarchy

For any organisation to grow it is necessary that it has a pyramidal structure with one individual being superior to a group of others. However, if this hierarchy is so strong that even if you have some escalations or things to talk about, you are unable to reach the higher level employees, then that is something to be conscious about.

A healthy company is one where there is ease of accessibility for you to reach anywhere in the ladder.

8. Bad Reputation

Before going for an interview to any company, makes it a point to check out the reviews of the same in naukri.com or glassdoor.com. Most of these reviews and ratings are genuine.

Thus, if you see that the company you intend to sit for has a very bad employee experience then you may want to reconsider wanting to join the same.

9. No Room For Mistakes

As human beings it is evident that one will make mistakes. This is truer in the case of people who have recently taken up a new position at work. If your company scolds you or chides you for the slightest mistake on your part, then that is something that you should be alarmed about. A healthy working environment always has room to allow you to learn from your mistakes.

10. No Praise For Good Work And Bad Pay

When you do something praiseworthy, if you see that you are not being given your dues then that is something that you must be concerned about. Also, if you feel that the pay is really bad and you are not getting your salary as per that of the market standards, then you must know better than to settle.

On your part it may not be very wise to stay put in such a company. Remember being in an unhealthy company for long enough will hamper your long-term growth and that is surely not something that you will want. So move out of it while you still can.

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