Toxic work culture is driving away 1 in 5 employees

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun9,2024

From toxic relationships to toxic positivity to toxic masculinity, ‘toxic’ has become a catch-all term for anything that is deemed to be remotely negative.

But a toxic workplace in the truest sense is a very real problem and is driving 20 percent of American workers to leave their current positions.

In fact, in the five year period between 2014 and 2019, attrition attributed to toxic workplace culture came in at a cost of $223 billion to U.S. organizations.

The Great Resignation

In the period of 2020 to 2022, more than 50 million Americans left their jobs without having a new one lined up, confident that their skills and ability could help them land a job that aligned to their values, offered better working conditions (for example, remote work) or higher pay.

While the pandemic was the main driver for most of these workers, the Great Resignation isn’t slowing down and in October 2022 alone, 4 million people, which equates to 2.6 percent of the workforce, quit their jobs. These workers cited salary, no advancement opportunities and feeling disrespected as their main reasons for doing so.

But how can you spot a toxic leader or establish that the organization you are working for is toxic when everyone has different tolerance levels, and one worker’s toxic is another’s tolerable?

Systemic toxicity that is deeply ingrained in the way a company runs and how it treats its staff can manifest in various ways, and doesn’t always show up as classic bullying, such as the CEO yelling from their corner office.

Toxic workplace culture can also present as a lack of productivity, a negative ‘can’t do’ attitude to change or innovation, not respecting boundaries such as contacting staff outside of working hours or a lack of trust between team members and colleagues.


Another symptom of a toxic workplace is a lack of trust about mental health and wellbeing transparency. According to a recent report conducted by the American Psychological Association, 43 percent of workers said they worried disclosing a mental health condition would have a negative impact on their career.

This is despite 77 percent of workers reporting work-related stress, 31 percent sharing that they were experiencing emotional exhaustion, and 25 percent admitting they wanted to keep to themselves at work and not engage with co-workers.

Additionally, two thirds of those who took part in the survey highlighted that their employer didn’t promote a culture of taking breaks, and only 40 percent reported that their employer facilitates a culture of taking time off.

The obvious solution to a toxic workplace is finding a new job, but how can you ensure the next company you work for isn’t just as bad as the one you’re attempting to flee?

A good tip is to conduct your own due diligence before accepting a job offer by contacting former employees via social media.

They might ignore your unsolicited DM but if you concisely stipulate that you are looking for information about the company and would appreciate it if they could share their experience, you should hopefully get a response back.

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Tyler Mitchell

By Tyler Mitchell

Tyler is a renowned journalist with years of experience covering a wide range of topics including politics, entertainment, and technology. His insightful analysis and compelling storytelling have made him a trusted source for breaking news and expert commentary.

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2 thoughts on “Toxic work culture is driving away 1 in 5 employees”
  1. As a former employee who experienced a toxic work environment firsthand, I completely agree that toxic workplace culture is a real issue that drives many individuals to leave. The impact of such negativity on productivity and mental well-being cannot be underestimated.

  2. But how can you spot a toxic leader or establish that the organization you are working for is toxic when everyone has different tolerance levels, and one worker’s toxic is another’s tolerable?

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