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Is Your Workplace ‘Toxic’?

Even if you’re in a good place now, sooner or later it seems we all wind up having to deal with processes (and people) that make things harder than they need to be. Have you ever been in that kind of environment? And if so, how did you – or those in management – deal with it?

Sometimes it’s a person, sometimes it’s a “clique,” sometimes it just seems to be a cultural thing, but the bottom line is that it takes a toll – on productivity, on stress levels, on personal health, and yes – it can even be dangerous.

Wikipedia even has a page devoted to the topic, defining a toxic workplace as one “…marked by significant drama and infighting, where personal battles often harm productivity.” And while the behaviors that characterize “toxic” can be fairly extreme (all the way to criminal acts), it could be as simple as that one person who shoots every new idea down, that person who thinks they are funny while cutting down others (but who always seems to get laughs), or that person you hate to be traveling or working late with because – well, you just never know.

This week we’d like to know if you’ve found yourself in an environment like that – now, or in the past – and how/if you were able to deal with it. And – if you had to do it all over again, how might you do it differently?

All responses are anonymous – so, please feel free to be open. Reply to this week’s NAPA Net reader poll at

And we’ll sort it all out for you on Friday.