Research found in a WorldPost article states that 1 in 5 leaders is toxic. This means that 20% of your management may be leading some of your employees down a path of disengagement and contempt, while tarnishing the culture and reputation of your organization.
We’ve learned that negativity is highly contagious. Our negativity biases are deeply ingrained in us as they were a means of survival. Today we are still inherently sensitive to negativity to protect ourselves, but the threats we face today are much more emotional in nature – threats like our boss being arrogant, demeaning or disrespectful. These diminish our motivation, our drive, our innovation and our productivity.
While it might be difficult for upper management to always spot the bad leaders, organizations can combat toxic leaders through equipping their entire workforce with the tools to combat negativity.
Training for both your leaders and employees alike will foster a healthy work environment, allowing your company to overcome any toxic workers.
Research shows that highly resilient people respond to challenges with flexibility, bounce forward from difficult situations, and even find opportunities within workplace stress. They perform more effectively in their jobs, are healthier, more engaged with their work, and have higher commitment to their organizations.
The good news for both employees and organizations is that resilience can be developed. One study from PwC shows that “initiatives and programs that fostered a resilient and mentally healthy workplace returned $2.30 for every dollar spent — with the return coming in the form of lower health care costs, higher productivity, lower absenteeism and decreased turnover.”
TRACOM’s Adaptive Mindset for Resiliency programs teach people practical strategies for altering negative responses to stress. Your organization will establish a culture of innovation and adaptability by focusing on resiliency training.