The Reading / Listening - Toxic Workplaces - Level 4

Toxic workplaces are hazardous to mental health. A study found that people who work at companies that do not prioritise mental health are three times likelier to suffer from depression. A toxic workplace is one that has poor management, bullying, and a failure to cater for mental health issues. Researchers say unhappy, mistreated or burnt out workers will produce less and be absent from work more.

A researcher said mental health issues at work could be attributed to poor management. She said failing to reward or acknowledge employees for hard work put staff at a greater risk of depression. This is made worse if unreasonable demands are made of workers. Bullying also negatively affects staff and can lead to burnout. Depression affects 260 million people worldwide and causes many people to take their own lives.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Toxic Workplaces - Level 5 or  Toxic Workplaces - Level 6

Sources
  • https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/6/e044133
  • https://metro.co.uk/2021/06/24/toxic-work-culture-makes-you-three-times-more-likely-to-be-depressed-14820538/
  • https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/your-risk-of-depression-increases-by-300-percent-in-a-toxic-work-environment/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Toxic workplaces are
  2. A study found
  3. companies that do not prioritise
  4. three times likelier to suffer
  5. one that has poor
  6. a failure to cater
  7. mistreated or burnt
  8. be absent from
  1. for mental health
  2. from depression
  3. work more
  4. hazardous
  5. mental health
  6. out workers
  7. management
  8. that

Paragraph 2

  1. attributed to poor
  2. acknowledge employees
  3. put staff at a greater
  4. made worse if unreasonable
  5. Bullying also negatively
  6. lead to
  7. Depression affects
  8. take their own
  1. risk of depression
  2. 260 million people
  3. demands are made
  4. management
  5. lives
  6. for hard work
  7. burnout
  8. affects staff

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Toxic workplaces (1) ___________________ mental health. A study found that people who work (2) ___________________ do not prioritise mental health are (3) ___________________ to suffer from depression. A toxic workplace is one that (4) ___________________, bullying, and a failure to cater for (5) ___________________. Researchers say unhappy, mistreated or burnt out workers will produce less and be (6) ___________________ more.

A researcher said mental health issues at work could (7) ___________________ poor management. She said (8) ___________________ or acknowledge employees for hard work put staff at a greater (9) ___________________. This is made worse if unreasonable (10) ___________________ of workers. Bullying also negatively affects staff and can (11) ___________________. Depression affects 260 million people worldwide (12) ___________________ people to take their own lives.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Toxicworkplacesarehazardoustomentalhealth.Astudyfoundthatpeo
plewhoworkatcompaniesthatdonotprioritisementalhealtharethreeti
meslikeliertosufferfromdepression.Atoxicworkplaceisonethathaspo
ormanagement,bullying,andafailuretocaterformentalhealthissues.
Researcherssayunhappy,mistreatedorburntoutworkerswillproducel
essandbeabsentfromworkmore.Aresearchersaidmentalhealthissue
satworkcouldbeattributedtopoormanagement.Shesaidfailingtorew
ardoracknowledgeemployeesforhardworkputstaffatagreaterriskofde
pression.Thisismadeworseifunreasonabledemandsaremadeofwor
kers.Bullyingalsonegativelyaffectsstaffandcanleadtoburnout.Depre
ssionaffects260millionpeopleworldwideandcausesmanypeopletota
ketheirownlives.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(o) ________________

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Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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