10 Red Flags of a Toxic Hybrid Workplace

Most organizations don’t have a detailed plan yet on what a hybrid work environment will look like or how they’ll ensure fair treatment of remote workers.

Nine out of 10 companies plan to move to some form of a hybrid-working model, according to a McKinsey survey, but most don’t have a detailed plan yet on what it will look like or how they’ll ensure fair treatment of remote workers. To help workers and job seekers understand whether or not a company will have a healthy hybrid work culture and environment, FlexJobs identified 10 red flags that could signal a hybrid company will become a toxic place to grow a career:

  1. There is no real plan for creating a functioning hybrid workforce within the company.
  2. There are no senior leaders who work remotely.
  3. Digital communication tools have not been prioritized.
  4. Celebration, praise, and rewards only happen in the office.
  5. Your manager doesn’t have a solid communication plan for remote team members.
  6. Team- or company-wide meetings are scheduled at odd hours.
  7. Information isn’t accessible.
  8. There are few or no career paths for remote employees.
  9. Employees are told they need to use paid time off (PTO) or take a pay cut to work remotely.
  10. Remote workers aren’t given the appropriate equipment.

It’s important to note that a toxic workplace may not have all 10 of these red flags. And if a company has one of these red flags, that’s not necessarily proof of a toxic workplace, but rather an indication that the transition to hybrid is still bumpy. For more information, visit: https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/red-flags-toxic-hybrid-workplace/

Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.