Episode 1.39: Most of us, to some degree or another, have had to deal with toxicity in the workplace. In fact, toxic work environments are a primary reason workers leave their jobs -- and leadership is often held responsible for its presence. In this episode, author Pete Havel talks about his book, The Arsonist in the Office: Fireproofing Your Life Against Toxic Coworkers, Bosses, Employees and Cultures and explores ways we can all protect ourselves against toxic work cultures and the "arsonists" in our workplaces. Here, he'll explain:
• What an "Arsonist" is, and the damage they can do to a company;
• How to identify a toxic workplace;
• The role of Human Resources in avoiding a toxic work culture; and
• How "Firewatching" and "Firefighting" can help "Fireproof" your organization!
“Toxicity can manifest itself in a lot of ways, and the way I would define it best is those actions and behaviors that become barriers to either doing the right thing or doing anything at all in that it can hurt productivity."
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