Surviving the Toxic Workplace


Many workplaces have elements of toxicity.
We suffer from toxic cultures, toxic workloads and toxic people.

Of course not all of these elements are at play all of the time, or all at once.

An organisational culture can be toxic for one person and not for others: individuals who are different from others in their workplaces may feel isolated and penalised, whilst others seem to be recognised and rewarded for largely similar achievements.  

Many people report having unmanageable workloads: schedules which eat into social time, recreational activities and sleep cycles. Workloads which are demanding, stressful, require high levels of precision and are under relentless time pressure, are both commonplace and difficult to manage over extended periods. 
Increased reports of burnout, extended sick leave, and poor mental health are often consequences of this kind of toxicity. 

The third kind of toxicity we see in workplaces comes from individuals, and it is these individuals who can do the most damage: capable of devious and careless behaviour which can destroy people, teams and ultimately, their organisations.  

Toxicity in the workplace is often passed off as ‘banter’, ‘business decisions’, or reasonable expectations for performance.
People find they lack a proper vocabulary to define what is happening to them, and unaffected co-workers seem unable or unwilling to recognise the problem. 

This course opens the lid on otherwise unspoken toxic behaviour and provides the terminology to recognise, identify and verbalise toxicity.
The various roles of the organisation, the law, and individuals to protect people from workplace toxicity will be discussed.
You will learn about psychological tools and techniques to recognise and protect yourself and be introduced to self-repair strategies to facilitate better mental health. 

Programme details

This one-day course is open to all and uses the context of the workplace to discuss toxic culture and pathological behaviour.
Using an evidence base and case study, participants will explore toxicity in culture and workload.

You will also have the opportunity to consider the nature of toxic individuals, explore their pathological personality traits, and learn to identify the signs and strategies they employ. Finally strategies to combat toxicity, and recover from it, will be explored. 

Key Themes 

  • Identifying toxic cultures, conscious and unconscious 

  • Identifying toxic workload, expectations and management 

  • Toxicity and individual differences 

  • Identifying Pathology in Personality; toxic people 

  • Survival strategies 

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • Identify and describe elements of workplace toxicity 

  • Recognize the signs and strategies of the pathological personality in the workplace 

  • Use strategies to protect yourself from some of the effects of toxicity 

  • Use strategies to recover from some effects of workplace toxicity


Participants who attend the full course will receive a University of Oxford certificate of attendance. This will be presented to you prior to the end of the course wherever possible.

The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended.


Description Costs
Standard course fee £395.00


Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

All courses are VAT exempt.

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Dr Jane Pollock

Course Director

Independent Consultant and Researcher

Jane is a Chartered Psychologist, an Independent Consultant in Organisational Psychology, and a tutor and lecturer in Psychology and Statistics. She has a history of highly successful courses in both Psychology and Business streams, and takes a practical approach to a subject crucial to the success of people in organisations.


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Although not included in the course fee, accommodation may be available at our on-site Rewley House Residential Centre. All bedrooms are en suite and decorated to a high standard, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

To check prices, availability and to book rooms please visit the Rewley House Residential Centre website.