No one comes to work with the intention of becoming anxious. However, overly toxic workplaces can cause anxiety in even the most stalwart employee.
What are the signs that you might be working in a toxic environment, and what you can do to mitigate the effects? Read on for tips on both recognizing and dealing with workplace toxicity.
A toxic workplace is characterized by negative, harmful, or simply unpleasant conditions. This can include anything from a hostile or uncivil employee to unhealthy physical conditions.
Toxic work environments can have a number of negative effects on employees, including increased stress levels, anxiety, and depression. In extreme cases, it can even lead to physical harm.
Anxiety in the workplace is not uncommon. A study found that in the UK in 2020-2021 stress, depression, or anxiety accounted for 50% of all work-related illnesses. Work-related anxiety was most prevalent in the education, health, and social work sectors. 
Another study showed that the main factors contributing to work-related stress were related to a toxic environment at work - pressure, tight deadlines, and a lack of managerial support. 
Here, we list a few more factors that can cause anxiety in a toxic workplace:
An older study revealed that 72 percent of workers who had daily anxiety, said it interfered with their lives in a significant way.
In addition, 30 percent of anxious and stressed employees have taken prescription medication to manage mental health issues. Furthermore, 28 percent of anxious employees have had an anxiety attack. 
Therefore, if you find yourself in a toxic workplace, it is important to take immediate action to protect your mental health. Here are a few examples of what you can do:
Research shows that more than 20% of the workforce spend more than 5 hours per day worrying about stressors. 
With the increasing amount of studies on the topic of mental health issues at work, it’s important to acknowledge that being in a toxic workplace leads to anxiety in employees.
If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, it may be worth your time to explore whether your workplace atmosphere is contributing to those symptoms.
There are many things you can do to create a more positive and supportive environment, and we hope this article has given you some ideas about how to get started.
1 Work-related stress, anxiety or depression statistics in Great Britain, 2021. https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress.pdf
2 Work-related Stress, Anxiety and Depression Statistics in Great Britain 2015. https://consult-smp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/report-UK-stress-at-work.pdf
3 American Psychological Association, 2013. https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2013/03/employee-needs
4 Anxiety & Depression Association of America, 2006. https://adaa.org/workplace-stress-anxiety-disorders-survey
5 Errera, 2022. https://www.tonerbuzz.com/blog/workplace-stress-statistics/