Honcho Highlights: The Impact of Toxic Workplace Culture2021-09-08T18:36:38+00:00

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Honcho Highlights: The Impact of Toxic Workplace Culture

By Sarah Stadler

Honcho Highlights: The Impact of Toxic Workplace Culture

By Sarah Stadler

“I can’t even keep track anymore of the number of people who’ve shared their stories with me. These are people’s lives. They are human beings.”

Cher Scarlett, Apple Security Engineer and #AppleToo Organizer, Apple

With the rise of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements, reports of discrimination and harassment within the workplace have consistently made headlines and have been plastered all over social media. If a workplace is toxic, it’s not a matter of if it will come to light, but when. This week, we look at recent examples of this, explore the impact of toxic culture and communication in the workplace, and learn ways to lay the foundation for a positive and productive work environment.


#AppleToo: Employees Organize and Allege Harassment and Discrimination

Last week, a group of Apple employees launched the #AppleToo campaign. The campaign is an effort to fight against patterns of discrimination, racism, and sexism within the company and management’s failure to address them. They’re doing this by sharing current and past employees’ experiences of inequity, intimidation, and abuse with the hopes to call for accountability and push for Apple to address the complaints. Learn more about how the campaign came to be and what the response has been since launch

Leaked Email From a Silicon Valley Investor Reportedly Shows Her Blasting Black Lives Matter as ‘The True Racists’ and Saying Racism Isn’t a Real Problem in the US

“I don’t believe in Black Lives Matter. If anything I think they are the true racists trying to stir up things to make this country going to socialism or even communism potentially.” This was said in a leaked email by a Silicon Valley investor and board member at VF Corporation. The comment was a response to a message from an office manager indicating that the company planned to mark the Juneteenth holiday in 2020. Learn the details about the email leak and how the company handled the situation.

This Is What Working at a Toxic Workplace Really Feels Like

Following an investigation into the toxic work culture of a 10-minute delivery startup, Sifted put a call out to its readers asking them to share stories of toxic work environments. A staggering 78% of respondents said they had quit a job because it was a toxic work environment. Reports flooded in of blame culture, no work-life balance, social pressure, humiliation, toxic positivity, discrimination, and harassment. Hear firsthand accounts from real employees on their experiences in toxic workplaces.

Risks and Remedies for Toxicity in the Digital Workplace

It’s no secret that toxic work culture and communication are everywhere and can snowball out of control if companies don’t lay the foundations to stop destructive communication. Failing to act results in legal settlements, bad press, decreased productivity, and loss of business. Additionally, toxic workplaces can triple employees’ risk of depression. The rise of the digital era and remote work make these risks even more complex. But companies can be proactive in remedying them.  Learn more about these risks and a few key steps companies can take to reduce toxic work culture and communication and lay the foundations for a positive and productive workplace that people want to be a part of.

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