A recent piece in the Sunday Review section of the New York Times noted that “bad work culture” — longer hours, leaner staffs, lighter paychecks, tighter deadlines — have become increasingly common, as those “Amazonians” crying at their desks can attest. I suppose some managers — those of the “I don’t get headaches, I give them" stripe — might welcome the sight of weeping workers, but many others would see it as a sign that something has gone seriously wrong. And for workplace wellness sponsors concerned with the organizational costs of excess stress, it should set off alarm bells. Does your organization check for signs of a toxic work culture from time to time? And when you find them, what do you do about it?

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