The 2018 Oxford Word of the Year is toxic – a word we usually hear associated with substances like toxic chemicals or toxic waste. We usually use the word toxic to warm ourselves and others that a certain substance is poisonous or dangerous.

In 2018, the use of the word toxic grew to be widely associated with certain situations as well, for example toxic masculinity or toxic work environments.

We take the word seriously when it comes to our health (avoiding toxic chemicals), but what about our mental health or our occupational health? Toxic situations at work, such as gossip or rumors, bullying, or harassment, can cause employees to experience levels of stress and anxiety that significantly impact their well-being, as well as the well-being of the business.

Are you taking steps to prevent a toxic work environment?