How to Identify a Toxic Workplace Culture in Healthcare

Are you a nursing professional in the process of pursuing new employment opportunities? There are many factors to consider when looking at different positions, with culture being a major factor when exploring potential jobs. As highlighted in one of our recent blog posts about job satisfaction in nursing, employers that focus on “culture fit” when hiring nursing professionals tend to have the best staff retention!

Here are some of the most common signs of a toxic workplace culture:


High staff turnover

High turnover is perhaps one of the most telltale signs of a toxic workplace, especially if droves of employees are quitting at the speed of light! You can get a sense of a facility’s turnover by checking out reviews on job sites and speaking with individuals in your network with experience working for the employer. If you hear about reasons such as poor leadership or lack of advancement, these are clear indicators that a negative culture is likely at play.


Unprofessional communication throughout the hiring process

As you go through the application and hiring process, you can typically get an idea of the type of environment at the facility. If you experience unprofessionalism by hiring managers, healthcare providers, or anyone at the organization, it’s important to take this behavior seriously. Poor communication is a direct reflection of the culture and morale of the team, demonstrating a lack of proper management and oversight.


No path to advancement

If the facility has failed to communicate a clear path to advancement, this is a sign the employer does not offer many opportunities to grow professionally. This can be a serious downfall, as you can expect fewer chances to learn and less earning potential. An employer that fails to communicate little to no advancement trajectory may stunt its employees and neglect to promote people according to their skills and contributions.


As you can see, learning how to identify a toxic workplace can save you a lot of time and aggravation! By learning the most common signs of a negative culture, you can avoid employers that don’t offer vibrant and productive work environments.


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