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The hidden costs of a toxic culture in your workplace

It is important to look out for the telltale signs that indicate if the work environment in your company is not healthy and does not allow people to be at their best – and how to fix it

Toxic cultures are bad for people and bad for business, driving up costs in terms of turnover, absenteeism and potential legal fees. Picture: Getty

Julie O’Sullivan is a chartered organisational psychologist and head of people development with Jigsaw Better Business, the business consultancy company

A toxic work culture is more likely to lead to people leaving their job than poor compensation.

In the current climate, with high employment levels and a high percentage of workers choosing to change jobs, it’s essential to assess whether or not there is a healthy work environment in your company that allows people to ...