New Report Reveals Shocking Statistics on Toxic Work Culture in the GCC

13 February 2023

New Report Reveals Shocking Statistics on Toxic Work Culture in the GCC

New Report Reveals Shocking Statistics on Toxic Work Culture in the GCC

Toxic work cultures are becoming a major concern for employees in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, with over half of workers reporting high levels of toxic behavior in their workplaces. A recent report by McKinsey Health Institute has shed light on the issue and its impact on employee well-being and job satisfaction.

Key Findings of the Report

  • 55.7% of employees in the GCC have reported experiencing toxic behavior at work
  • GCC employees are seven times more likely to experience burnout symptoms compared to the global average
  • Employees with burnout symptoms are four times more likely to leave their employers in the next three to six months
  • 40% of locally born workers expect to leave their current organization within the next six months
  • 66% of respondents reported symptoms of poor mental health and well-being
  • 42% of respondents reported poor physical health, such as physical pain that prevented them from doing work-related activities

Impact of Toxic Work Culture on Employee Burnout

The report highlights the significant impact toxic work cultures can have on employees, with those experiencing high levels of toxic behavior at work seven times more likely to experience burnout symptoms compared to the global average. Burnout symptoms, such as high levels of anxiety, depression, and distress, were seen mostly in expatriate employees.

Employee Turnover

In addition to the impact on employee burnout, the report also revealed that employees with burnout symptoms are four times more likely to report that they intend to leave their employers in the next three to six months, compared to the global average of six times. This is a concerning trend, as it shows that toxic work cultures are driving talented employees away from their organizations.

Poor Mental and Physical Health

The report also found that two-thirds of survey respondents from the four countries reported symptoms of poor mental health and well-being, with 66% of respondents saying that they have experienced “mental- and physical-health challenges.” Additionally, 42% of respondents reported poor physical health, such as physical pain that prevented them from doing some work-related activities.

Lack of Work-Life Balance

The report also highlights the impact that toxic work cultures can have on employees’ work-life balance. Almost half of the respondents said that the time they dedicate to their jobs curbs the time they have to care for their physical health. Some respondents said that underlying behaviors, such as inadequate sleep or unhealthy eating, affect their physical health.

Conclusion

The findings of this report serve as a wake-up call for organizations in the GCC region to address the issue of toxic work cultures. With over half of employees reporting high levels of toxic behavior and a significant impact on employee burnout, turnover, and well-being

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13 February 2023

New Report Reveals Shocking Statistics on Toxic Work Culture in the GCC

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