Matthew is the founder of Virtunurse, an online walk-in and family clinic serving Medicine Hat and surrounding communities in Alberta.
Matthew possesses almost two decades of nursing and healthcare leadership experience in many areas, including: critical care (Intensive Care), occupational health, addictions and mental health, community, nursing education, and simulation modelling.
Virtunurse has contributed to communities through health education and helping people access healthcare services, including prescription medications and refills, chronic disease management, referrals, and patient assessment.
I'll take a guess that most of us have had and unfortunate experience of a toxic workplace. If you haven't, here's what you're not missing. These environments affect our careers, but also impact our health.
Toxic workplaces are those that are characterized by negative, unhealthy, and often abusive behaviors by colleagues or management. Unfortunately, toxic workplaces are all too common, and their effects can be damaging to businesses in several ways.
Reduced productivity: Toxic workplaces can lead to low morale, high absenteeism rates, and low motivation among employees. This can reduce overall productivity, leading to missed deadlines and a decline in the quality of work produced.
High turnover rates: Employees in toxic workplaces are more likely to leave their jobs, which can result in high turnover rates. Constant turnover can lead to instability within the organization, increased costs associated with recruiting and training new employees, and a loss of institutional knowledge.
Increased stress and health problems: Working in a toxic environment can lead to stress, anxiety, and other mental health problems among employees. Physical health problems can also arise from prolonged exposure to stress, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
Damage to reputation: If employees are mistreated or feel unsupported in their workplace, they may share their negative experiences with others, which can damage the organization's reputation. This can lead to difficulty attracting new employees and customers.
Legal issues: Toxic workplaces can lead to legal issues, such as lawsuits for discrimination, harassment, or wrongful termination. These legal battles can be costly and time-consuming for businesses.
Wrapping up, toxic workplaces can have a detrimental effect on businesses in several ways. They can lead to reduced productivity, high turnover rates, increased stress and health problems, damage to reputation, and legal issues. To prevent toxic workplaces from forming, businesses must prioritize a healthy work culture that promotes respect, open communication, and support for employees. This can lead to increased employee satisfaction, higher productivity, and a more positive work environment.
Did you know that Virtunurse provides employee health and wellness support including mental wellness? We elevate your team's health to impact your business operations. Learn more about our Employer Health Solutions.