Can HR Efforts Save Your Toxic Workplace Culture?


Can HR Efforts Save Your Toxic Workplace Culture?

Few of us expect every workday to feel like a trip to Disneyland, but we also don’t expect every workday to feel like a hardship. Unfortunately, far too many workers experience burdens like unrealistic expectations, lack of job clarity, poor internal communication, bully bosses, and counterproductive coworkers on a daily basis. It takes a toll on an individual’s mental and physical well-being and it costs employers a lot of money off the bottom line.


Two 2019 reports recently published by SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) solidified some statistics about America’s workplaces. No one in the workforce should be surprised by these findings:


  • In the past 5 years, 20% of workers left their jobs citing bad workplace culture.
  • Nearly 25% of workers dread going into work and don’t feel respected there.
  • Workplace culture makes 33% of workers carry their irritability home.
  • About 56% of workers are less than “fulfilled” at work.
  • Of those who left jobs due to culture, 58% cited managers as a specific reason.


If you are surprised to see this statistics­—or if anyone with a management-level position in your organization pooh-poohs them—there’s probably some work to be done changing the course of your business and HR may be the best place to start. (The highest stat above is in reference to managers.)


Screening for Toxicity


According to the SHRM reports, it sounds like most workplaces can use at least a little disinfecting. And a workplace doesn’t have to be as toxic as NBC to be a depressed culture that’s inhibiting health and prosperity for your business.


Whether you’re new in an HR role at an existing company, launching an entirely new company, or wanting to reinvigorate the team after years with the same company, you can use background screens to help you set the right tone going forward. Ask ClearStar along to help screen out the overly competitive users and abusers who will drain your resources and hire trustworthy believers and achievers who can make your whole business environment better.


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