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Toxic workplaces hinder productivity

Companies need workers who are consistently productive and motivated to achieve their goals.

Companies need workers who are consistently productive and motivated to achieve their goals. However, when co-worker dynamics turn sour, the performance of the entire team can suffer. To foster a better atmosphere, leaders can encourage positivity through employee reward and recognition programs.

According to Forbes magazine, many workplaces are plagued by internal gossiping and disrespect, which can create a toxic workplace environment. Instead of spending time talking to each other and working collaboratively to solve problems and complete projects, workers spend a great deal of time talking about one another. This creates jealously, cliques and in-fighting, to the detriment of productivity and performance, the source explained.

Although supervisors can't completely control the relationships that form among colleagues, they can encourage a more positive community by facilitating peer recognition and inspiring teams to work together to achieve goals. This is where reward and recognition programs can be a useful tool to create avenues for praise and appreciation, rather than slander and mistrust. With 87 percent of the world's employees not actively engaged, according to Gallup research, it might be a good time for leaders to identify ways to build a stronger sense of community and motivation among their teams.

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