As HR professionals and business leaders, you work hard every day to create a work environment and company culture that drives productivity, boosts engagement, and supports employee happiness. This is critical for running a successful business in the long term. No one ever wants to work in a toxic environment—and for good reason. It creates emotional stress, increases apathy, and literally sucks the joy out of the air. That’s why it’s not uncommon for employee turnover to skyrocket in companies where toxicity prevails, regardless of the source: from oppressive managers to team members who don’t pull their own weight to abusive senior leaders (and everything else in between). Good work and great results are never a byproduct of a negative work environment. Never.