Working at a job and building a career can take up a good majority of your time. But in general, most people like their jobs or at least tolerate the tasks they are given.
There are those who land their dream job and others who enjoy their work, but enjoy going home to their families or their hobbies more. But, there are also those who don’t like their job. But they realize it’s work and it pays the bills.
Most of these people have decent work environments. But what happens when you like your job, but the environment is toxic?
A toxic work environment is one where you don’t feel appreciated or valued, or where you are taken advantage of, and the people are just not nice to work with. A toxic work environment can take its toll on you and your money. Here are four high costs of a toxic work environment.
Increased Sick Days
This is something I learned from personal experience. I worked at a job I thought I loved, but then I noticed my stomach would cramp and I would feel sick more often than ever before in my life. Since I left my toxic work environment, I haven’t had one sick day from stomach pains or cramps. It’s amazing what negative stress does to your body. Increased visits to the doctor, more prescriptions and days spent home add up.
Your mental well-being can also lead to increased sick days. If you are constantly depressed or unhappy at work, it shows.
Your mood can wear off on others and can cause them to add more work to you or take away work that might make you more money. If you are not happy, you become less productive. Being less productive means less money for the company and maybe less of a bonus or raise for you.
Performance affects income, and if you aren’t at the top of your game, your checkbook may not be either.
Lost Clients or Accounts
Toxic people and environments find a way of leaking out of the office and into the street. People don’t like to be involved in a toxic work environment. If word gets around that a company or person is hard to work with, it can lead to a loss of customers or accounts. With less work, it could mean layoffs or more work thrown on you due to other people jumping ship.
Family Cohesion and Happiness
Being constantly stressed at work, and then coming home to an unhappy spouse or family adds up. Feelings get hurt as people take out the stresses of the day on their loved ones. This can sometimes results in breakups or divorce that cost money.
The family may not break up, but less energy when home can lead to eating out more, which we know is more expensive and less healthy.
A toxic work environment is not good for anyone. If you are in a toxic environment, get out as soon as you can.
Being happy or content in the work place is extremely beneficial for your work, your family and yourself. Work can be stressful, but it shouldn’t make you cringe every day or make you sick. Find a position where you are valued and can grow. You’d be amazed what it does for you and for your wallet.
Have you ever been in a toxic work environment? How did if affect you and your budget?
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