The Reading / Listening - Toxic Workplaces - Level 5

Research reveals toxic workplaces are hazardous to mental health. A year-long study from an Australian university found that full-time workers who work for companies that do not prioritise mental health are three times more likely to suffer from depression. Researchers examined the negative effect of toxic workplaces on health. A toxic workplace has poor management, bullying, and a failure to consider mental health issues. The researchers say if employees are unhappy at work, mistreated or burnt out, their productivity will suffer and absenteeism will rise.

The lead researcher said mental health issues at work could be attributed to poor management. She said: "Evidence shows that companies who fail to reward or acknowledge their employees for hard work, impose unreasonable demands on workers, and do not give them autonomy are placing their staff at a much greater risk of depression." She added that bullying negatively affects both the victim and the perpetrator and can lead to burnout. Depression affects over 260 million people worldwide and causes many people to take their own lives.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Toxic Workplaces - Level 4 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 hazardous
  2. more likely to suffer
  3. Researchers examined the negative
  4. poor
  5. a failure to consider mental health
  6. mistreated or burnt
  7. their productivity
  8. absenteeism will
  1. will suffer
  2. management
  3. rise
  4. issues
  5. from depression
  6. to mental health
  7. out
  8. effect

Paragraph 2

  1. mental health issues
  2. attributed to poor
  3. acknowledge their employees for
  4. impose unreasonable demands
  5. give them
  6. at a much greater risk
  7. both the victim and the
  8. take their
  1. own lives
  2. autonomy
  3. of depression
  4. hard work
  5. at work
  6. perpetrator
  7. management
  8. on workers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research reveals toxic workplaces (1) ___________________ mental health. A year-long study from an Australian university found that (2) ___________________ who work for companies that do not prioritise mental health are three times more (3) ___________________ from depression. Researchers examined the (4) ___________________ toxic workplaces on health. A toxic workplace has poor management, bullying, and a (5) ___________________ mental health issues. The researchers say if employees are unhappy at work, mistreated or burnt out, their productivity will suffer and (6) ___________________.

The lead researcher said mental health (7) ___________________ could be attributed to poor management. She said: "Evidence shows that companies who fail to (8) ___________________ their employees for hard work, impose unreasonable demands on workers, and do not give (9) ___________________ placing their staff at a much greater (10) ___________________." She added that bullying negatively affects both the victim and the perpetrator and can (11) ___________________. Depression affects over 260 million people worldwide and causes many people to take (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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r-longstudyfromanAustralianuniversityfoundthatfull-timeworker
swhoworkforcompaniesthatdonotprioritisementalhealtharethreeti
mesmorelikelytosufferfromdepression.Researchersexaminedthene
gativeeffectoftoxicworkplacesonhealth.Atoxicworkplacehaspoorma
nagement,bullying,andafailuretoconsidermentalhealthissues.There
searcherssayifemployeesareunhappyatwork,mistreatedorburntout
,theirproductivitywillsufferandabsenteeismwillrise.Theleadresearch
ersaidmentalhealthissuesatworkcouldbeattributedtopoormanagem
ent.Shesaid:"Evidenceshowsthatcompanieswhofailtorewardorackn
owledgetheiremployeesforhardwork,imposeunreasonabledemands
onworkers,anddonotgivethemautonomyareplacingtheirstaffatamu
chgreaterriskofdepression."Sheaddedthatbullyingnegativelyaffects
boththevictimandtheperpetratorandcanleadtoburnout.Depressiona
ffectsover260millionpeopleworldwideandcausesmanypeopletotake
theirownlives.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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