Although different types of workplaces naturally can have some tension, this harmless stress or tense moments can quickly become hostile if the underlying issues are not addressed. Hostile workplaces can make it challenging for employees to thrive and remain productive, while also making it an unsuitable place to spend time. As a leader, you must be aware of the warning signs of a hostile work environment so you can work with management and the rest of the team to develop effective solutions to move the workplace in a positive direction.


Everyone is Out for Themselves

In hostile work environments, it’s common for there to be a high level of competition among the employees, which can make it difficult to work as a team. There may be a lack of collaboration that occurs with each person having their own agenda each day. The cut-throat environment can be incredibly stressful and can also cause you not to trust or respect your manager or colleagues.


Employees are Bored or Stressed

A common sign that the workplace is hostile if employees are disinterested in the work that they’re assigned. Bad workplace culture can be stressful for employees may dread going into work each day or you may catch them staring at the clock many times throughout the day. It can also be easy to feel marginalized, which can cause employees to have a lack of confidence within the organization. As a leader, always keep in mind the level of work your team puts in every day and stride toward giving outstanding employees the recognition they deserve.


Unrealistic Expectations

If employees seem to be missing the mark and not meeting expectations that were established, they may feel unmotivated because they believe their workload is not sustainable or it is not offering them true fulfillment.

When employees struggle to meet the expectations that are established, they may interpret work as a hostile setting that doesn’t motivate them. Make sure you reset expectations of your employees if necessary. Speak to your employees and to lower management frequently to ensure the lines of communication are open.


As the leader of your organization, you need to have a finger on the pulse of your company culture and if the workplace is turning hostile, take measures to turn it around for the success of your employees and business.