44 episodes

This podcast was created to give employees a voice; the voice that HR wouldn't listen to because of deep rooted company politics, misuse of power, or a lack of leadership. This show gives a platform to the employee that was never allowed a last word, or who's words had no value to management. Through candid narratives, listeners gain invaluable insights into the profound personal growth and newfound perspectives that can emerge from surviving soul-crushing workplace dynamics. Toxic Workplace is not just a collection of stories; it's a compelling testament to the human spirit's ability to rise above adversity, offering empowerment and understanding for those navigating similar challenges.

Toxic Workplace Carleigh J. M.

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 117 Ratings

This podcast was created to give employees a voice; the voice that HR wouldn't listen to because of deep rooted company politics, misuse of power, or a lack of leadership. This show gives a platform to the employee that was never allowed a last word, or who's words had no value to management. Through candid narratives, listeners gain invaluable insights into the profound personal growth and newfound perspectives that can emerge from surviving soul-crushing workplace dynamics. Toxic Workplace is not just a collection of stories; it's a compelling testament to the human spirit's ability to rise above adversity, offering empowerment and understanding for those navigating similar challenges.

    Bullied to the Brink: Kylie's Toxic Workplace Story of a Bullying Manager

    Bullied to the Brink: Kylie's Toxic Workplace Story of a Bullying Manager

    Kylie lands a job at a large utility company, which starts on a positive note. She excels in her accounting role and earns praise from colleagues and supervisors. However, her experience takes a sharp downturn when she begins reporting to a bullying manager. Despite her persistent dedication, Kylie faces numerous obstacles, including being denied necessary overtime, burdened with increasing workloads, and subjected to unfounded accusations of poor performance. Additionally, opportunities for professional advancement within the company are consistently withheld from Kylie, leaving her feeling trapped and undervalued. Through Kylie's narrative, this episode highlights the destructive effects** of workplace bullying and underscores the pressing need for systemic changes to cultivate healthier work environments.
    **Please note, this episode discusses suicide.

    • 53 min
    Not All That Glitters Is Gold: Victoria's Toxic Workplace Story of Cheap Sales and a Sham Business

    Not All That Glitters Is Gold: Victoria's Toxic Workplace Story of Cheap Sales and a Sham Business

    Victoria is a dedicated real estate professional and busy mom who discovers a promising opportunity in real estate sales. Impressed by a wonderful interview experience, she eagerly joins the company, initially captivated by their seemingly excellent professionalism and integrity. However, as she begins her new role, Victoria becomes disillusioned when she realizes the company engages in cheap sales practices and the management fosters a toxic workplace culture. The initial excitement turns into disappointment as she grapples with the contrast between her expectations and the harsh reality of management's unethical business practices and toxic work environment.

    • 49 min
    Faithful Facade: Haylee's Toxic Workplace Story of a Christian Non-Profit with Hidden Political Motives

    Faithful Facade: Haylee's Toxic Workplace Story of a Christian Non-Profit with Hidden Political Motives

    Haylee gets the opportunity to work with a trusted, long-time family friend, Jenna, in an exclusive Christian non-profit organization. Haylee is led to believe this non-profit is funding amazing projects that brings goodness into the world, but in reality they're funding political agendas. Haylee looks up to Jenna and believes she is going to gain professionalism and mentorship under her direction, but is quickly disappointed when she learns Jenna is a micromanager with a passive aggressive personality. Jenna starts to form the untrue narrative that Haylee doesn't respect her authority and is not well received by her colleagues.

    • 52 min
    Antidote Episode: Surviving a Cult Business - Interview with Amanda Fangman

    Antidote Episode: Surviving a Cult Business - Interview with Amanda Fangman

    In this bonus episode, I talk with Amanda Fangman, an aspiring writer and educator who specializes in teaching people about undue influence and coercive control in the workplace – from labor trafficking and exploitation to cultic abuse at work.
    If you haven't listened to Amanda's story of working for a magazine crew (Season 2, Episode 14), please listen before playing this episode as it gives context to our discussion.
    Amanda seeks to arm people with the crucial knowledge she wished she had before joining the workforce: general awareness of these issues, education on the warning signs and indicators of a high control workplace.
    Visit Amanda’s website:
    www.AmandaFangman.com
    Follow Amanda on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecultbusiness/
    Resources:
    www.igotout.org is a consortium of cult survivors supporting the #igotout movement
    Dr. Janja Lalich: https://janjalalich.com/ "Promoting a deeper, more accurate understanding of cults with the intent to avoid their manipulation, exploitation, and abuse."
    Steven Hassan: https://freedomofmind.com/ "Everyone deserves the right to live a life free from undue influence"
    Is Your Corporate Culture Cultish? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/am-i-working-cult-5-signs-you-corporate-7-tips-avoid-joining-baker
    General Cult/Trafficking Info:
    https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/influence-continuum/ https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/bite-model/ * https://janjalalich.com/help/characteristics-associated-with-cults/
    * https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/trafficking/
    * https://polarisproject.org/labor-trafficking/ (Anything on Janja Lalich or Steven Hassan's websites are great for cult research/education. I have some of their books as well!)
    Commercial Cults:
    * https://www.marketplace.org/2020/03/10/five-signs-your-workplace-might-turning-into-a-cult/
    * https://www.economist.com/business/2022/03/05/company-or-cult
    * https://www.huffpost.com/entry/multilevel-marketing-companies-mlms-cults-similarities_l_5d49f8c2e4b09e72973df3d3

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Door-to-Door Deception: Amanda's Toxic Workplace Story of Working for a Magazine Crew Cult

    Door-to-Door Deception: Amanda's Toxic Workplace Story of Working for a Magazine Crew Cult

    Amanda is fresh out of high school and ready to escape her small hometown in Nebraska. She meets a guy at a rock concert who invites her to join his travels around the country as a "salesman." He offers her a one-way bus ticket to Texas to join him on a sales opportunity. Seeking adventure and excitement Amanda accepts, but on arrival she is disappointed to find herself thrown into a door-to-door sales routine with a magazine crew that operates more like a cult than a legitimate business. The manipulative crew leaders isolate her from family and friends while gradually introducing deceptive practices to boost sales and strip Amanda of her identity. She faces a complex web of psychological manipulation and coercive tactics. Her story unfolds as a quest for self-discovery amidst the unexpected dangers of seeking a new life away from home.
    Resources:
    Magazine Crews:
    * https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/04/trapped-into-selling-magazines-door-to-door/388601/
    * http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/24/human-trafficking-victim-mag-crew-kid-at-door.html
    * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Honey_(film)
    General Cult/Trafficking Info:
    https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/influence-continuum/ https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/bite-model/ * https://janjalalich.com/help/characteristics-associated-with-cults/
    * https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/trafficking/
    * https://polarisproject.org/labor-trafficking/ (Anything on Janja Lalich or Steven Hassan's websites are great for cult research/education. I have some of their books as well!)
    Commercial Cults:
    * https://www.marketplace.org/2020/03/10/five-signs-your-workplace-might-turning-into-a-cult/
    * https://www.economist.com/business/2022/03/05/company-or-cult
    * https://www.huffpost.com/entry/multilevel-marketing-companies-mlms-cults-similarities_l_5d49f8c2e4b09e72973df3d3

    • 43 min
    Stern Stares and Side Eye: Sam's Toxic Workplace Story of Bullying and Discrimination as a Male Nurse in Rural NC

    Stern Stares and Side Eye: Sam's Toxic Workplace Story of Bullying and Discrimination as a Male Nurse in Rural NC

    Sam is a recent college graduate who lands an RN position in a pediatric unit at a rural North Carolina hospital. Sam is quickly disheartened when he realizes he is not welcome by the other nurses. As the only black, male nurse in the hospital he experiences discrimination, relentless questioning of his abilities, and a demoralizing work environment. He grapples with constant bullying and exclusion. Despite his determination to make a difference, the hostile reception at the hospital leaves Sam struggling with crushed self-esteem and questioning his capabilities.
    Do you have a toxic workplace story to share?
    Go to www.toxicworkplacepodcast.com and click on "Be a Guest." Your story will be shared anonymously. All names are changed to protect the employee and the company.
    Does listening to this podcast help you navigate your toxic workplace? Be sure to leave a review on Apple Podcasts.
    You may also go to www.toxicworkplacepodcast.com and leave a private review.
    Follow Toxic Workplace on Facebook, TikTok, X and Instagram @ToxicWorkplacePodcast

    • 34 min

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