Research perspectives

Surveys show staff use sick leave to avoid toxic workplaces

A survey by HR consultancy Intoo has found that one third of employees experiencing a toxic workplace culture used sick leave to avoid it. Even more (44%) said they used their holiday or personal leave for the same reason, whilst 35% agreed they would take a pay cut to work for a company that had a less toxic environment. 

These results mirror a poll undertaken by People Management where over half of the respondents had called in sick or used personal leave to avoid a toxic workplace. Half  felt their company would take very little or no action to address the issue.

Looking the reasons why a toxic workplace exists favouritism was cited as a common trait, alongside high levels of office politics, managers ignoring employee feedback and disregarding employees’ work-life balance.