The Reading / Listening - Toxic Workplaces - Level 6

New research has revealed that toxic workplaces can be hazardous to mental health. The year-long study is from the University of South Australia. Researchers found that full-time workers who work for companies or organizations that do not prioritise employees' mental health are three times more likely to suffer from depression. The researchers examined the adverse effect of "toxic" environments on health. Elements of a toxic workplace included poor management practices, bullying, and a failure to consider mental health issues. The researchers indicated that if employees are unhappy at work, mistreated or burnt out, their productivity will suffer and absenteeism will increase.

Lead researcher Dr Amy Zadow said mental health issues created in the workplace can be attributed to poor management practices and values. 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: "Bullying in a work unit can not only negatively affect the victim, but also the perpetrator....It is not uncommon for everyone in the same unit to experience burnout as a result." Depression affects over 260 million people worldwide and causes many people to take their own lives.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Toxic Workplaces - Level 4  or  Toxic Workplaces - Level 5

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 :-)





Warm-ups

1. TOXIC WORKPLACES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about toxic workplaces. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       research / toxic / health / mental health / adverse / management / failure / suffer /
       workplace / values / companies / employees / autonomy / depression / worldwide
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. COMFORTABLE: Students A strongly believe companies should be legally required to provide comfortable workplaces; Students B strongly believe otherwise. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. THE WORKPLACE: How should these things be to create a good workplace? What experiences have you had of these? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

A Good Workplace

My Experiences

The boss

 

 

Desks

 

 

Breaks

 

 

Staff room

 

 

Holidays

 

 

Promotion

 

 

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5. TOXIC: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "toxic". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. STRESS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most stressful things at work at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Boss
  • Deadlines
  • Start time
  • Salary
  • Customers
  • Overtime
  • Colleagues
  • Technology

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. revealed a. Decide that or treat something as more important than other things.
      2. hazardous b. Pointed out; showed.
      3. prioritise c. Made previously unknown or secret information known to others.
      4. adverse d. Risky; dangerous.
      5. consider e. Preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable.
      6. indicated f. Think carefully about something, typically before making a decision.
      7. absenteeism g. The practice of regularly staying away from work or school without good reason.

    Paragraph 2

      8. attributed h. Freedom from external control or influence; independence.
      9. value i. Regarded something as being caused by someone or something.
      10. evidence j. Accept or admit the existence or truth of.
      11. acknowledge k. A person who carries out a harmful, illegal, or immoral act.
      12. autonomy l. A principle or standard of behavior; one's judgment of what is important in life.
      13. perpetrator m. Physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.
      14. burnout n. The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The research is from the University of North Australia.     T / F
  2. Researchers said one in three companies do not prioritise mental health. T / F
  3. Researchers said bullying is an aspect of a toxic workplace.     T / F
  4. Researchers said absenteeism will suffer and productivity will increase.    T / F
  5. A researcher said management practices are poor in all companies.     T / F
  6. Workers without autonomy are at greater risk of depression. .     T / F
  7. The researcher says bullying also adversely affects the bully.     T / F
  8. Over 260 million people around the world are affected by depression.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. revealed
  2. hazardous
  3. adverse
  4. consider
  5. productivity
  6. attributed to
  7. values
  8. acknowledge
  9. autonomy
  10. affects
  1. think about
  2. principles
  3. efficiency
  4. impacts
  5. perilous
  6. appreciate
  7. showed
  8. freedom
  9. unfavourable
  10. put down to

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. toxic workplaces can be hazardous
  2. three times more likely to
  3. poor management
  4. mistreated or
  5. productivity will suffer and
  6. impose unreasonable demands
  7. staff at a much greater
  8. not only negatively affect the victim, but
  9. experience burnout
  10. Depression affects over 260 million
  1. also the perpetrator
  2. people worldwide
  3. absenteeism will increase
  4. as a result
  5. practices
  6. to mental health
  7. on workers
  8. burnt out
  9. risk of depression
  10. suffer from depression

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
full-time
absenteeism
consider
hazardous
mistreated
likely
revealed
adverse

New research has (1) _____________________ that toxic workplaces can be (2) _____________________ to mental health. The year-long study is from the University of South Australia. Researchers found that (3) _____________________ workers who work for companies or organizations that do not prioritise employees' mental health are three times more (4) _____________________ to suffer from depression. The researchers examined the (5) _____________________ effect of "toxic" environments on health. Elements of a toxic workplace included poor management practices, bullying, and a failure to (6) _____________________ mental health issues. The researchers indicated that if employees are unhappy at work, (7) _____________________ or burnt out, their productivity will suffer and (8) _____________________ will increase.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
reward
negatively
causes
attributed
risk
burnout
demands
perpetrator

Lead researcher Dr Amy Zadow said mental health issues created in the workplace can be (9) _____________________ to poor management practices and values. She said: "Evidence shows that companies who fail to (10) _____________________ or acknowledge their employees for hard work, impose unreasonable (11) _____________________ on workers, and do not give them autonomy are placing their staff at a much greater (12) _____________________ of depression." She added: "Bullying in a work unit can not only (13) _____________________ affect the victim, but also the (14) _____________________....It is not uncommon for everyone in the same unit to experience (15) _____________________ as a result." Depression affects over 260 million people worldwide and (16) _____________________ many people to take their own lives.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  New research has revealed that toxic workplaces ______
     a.  can being hazardous
     b.  can be hazardous
     c.  can been hazardous
     d.  can bee hazardous
2)  full-time workers who work for companies or organizations that ______
     a.  do not priority is
     b.  do not priory ties
     c.  do not prioritise
     d.  do not priory 'tis
3)  employees' mental health are three times more likely to ______
     a.  suffer from deep ration
     b.  suffer from deep pressing
     c.  suffer from depression
     d.  suffer from depressing
4)  Elements of a toxic workplace included ______
     a.  poor management practices
     b.  poor management practice is
     c.  poor management particles
     d.  poor management practice
5)  mistreated or burnt out, their productivity will suffer and ______
     a.  absent schism will increase
     b.  abs sent teams will increase
     c.  absent teams will increase
     d.  absenteeism will increase

6)  Lead researcher Dr Amy Zadow said mental health issues ______ workplace
     a.  create in the
     b.  create it in the
     c.  created in the
     d.  created it in the
7) acknowledge their employees for hard work, impose unreasonable ______
     a.  demands in workers
     b.  demands son workers
     c.  demands on workers
     d.  demand son workers
8)  do not give them autonomy are placing their staff at a much greater ______
     a.  risk of depression
     b.  risqué of depression
     c.  brisk of depression
     d.  bisque of depression
9)  Bullying in a work unit can not only negatively affect the victim, but ______
     a.  also the perpetrate or
     b.  also the perpetrate tour
     c.  also the perpetrator
     d.  also the perpetrate our
10)  It is not uncommon for everyone in the same unit to experience ______ result
     a.  burn out as a
     b.  burn nowt as a
     c.  burnt out as a
     d.  burr nowt as a

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New research has (1) ____________________ workplaces can be hazardous to mental health. The (2) ____________________ is from the University of South Australia. Researchers found that full-time workers who work for companies or organizations that do not prioritise employees' mental health are three times (3) ____________________ suffer from depression. The researchers examined the (4) ____________________ "toxic" environments on health. Elements of a toxic workplace included poor management practices, bullying, and a (5) ____________________ mental health issues. The researchers indicated that if employees are unhappy at work, mistreated or burnt out, their (6) ____________________ and absenteeism will increase.

Lead researcher Dr Amy Zadow said mental health issues created in the workplace can (7) ____________________ poor management practices and values. She said: "Evidence shows that companies who (8) ____________________ or acknowledge their employees for hard work, impose unreasonable (9) ____________________, and do not give them autonomy are placing their staff at a much (10) ____________________ depression." She added: "Bullying in a work unit can not (11) ____________________ the victim, but also the perpetrator....It is not uncommon for everyone in the same unit to experience (12) ____________________ result." Depression affects over 260 million people worldwide and causes many people to take their own lives.

Comprehension questions

  1. How long was the research in this article?
  2. What university carried out the research?
  3. What might workers be three times more likely to suffer from?
  4. What do researchers say some companies fail to consider?
  5. What will increase if workers are mistreated or burnt out?
  6. Who is Amy Zadow?
  7. What did a researcher suggest some companies impose on workers?
  8. Who can be negatively affected by bullying besides the victim?
  9. What can bullying lead to in a work unit?
  10. How many people worldwide are affected by depression?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  How long was the research in this article?
a) two years
b) a year
c) six months
d) 18 months
2) What university carried out the research?
a) the University of Australia
b) the University of North Australia
c) the University of West Australia
d) the University of South Australia
3) What might workers be three times more likely to suffer from?
a) the sack
b) adverse conditions
c) depression
d) demotion
4) What do researchers say some companies fail to consider?
a) mental health issues
b) desk space
c) work relations
d) pricing
5) What will increase if workers are mistreated or burnt out?
a) anger
b) absenteeism
c) bitterness
d) animosity

6) Who is Amy Zadow?
a) the lead researcher
b) a work relations expert
c) a mental health expert
d) a psychologist
7) What did a researcher suggest some companies impose on workers?
a) overtime
b) long hours
c) unreasonable demands
d) unrealistic titles
8) Who can be negatively affected by bullying besides the victim?
a) the perpetrator
b) customers
c) bosses
d) researchers
9) What can bullying lead to in a work unit?
a) silence
b) fights
c) arguments
d) burnout
10) How many people worldwide are affected by depression?
a) just fewer than 260 million
b) exactly 260 million
c) over 260 million
d) around 260 million

Role play

Role  A – The Boss
You think the boss is the most stressful aspect of working. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least stressful of these (and why): deadlines, colleagues or technology.

Role  B – Deadlines
You think deadlines are the most stressful aspect of working. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least stressful of these (and why): the boss, colleagues or technology.

Role  C – Colleagues
You think colleagues are the most stressful aspect of working. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least stressful of these (and why): deadlines, the boss or technology.

Role  D – Technology
You think technology is the most stressful aspect of working. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least stressful of these (and why): deadlines, colleagues or the boss.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'toxic'

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  • and 'workplace'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • revealed
    • full
    • long
    • suffer
    • included
    • unhappy
    • lead
    • shows
    • fail
    • placing
    • victim
    • affects

    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 - Toxic Workplaces

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'toxic'?
    3. How can the workplace affect our health?
    4. What is your ideal workplace?
    5. What do you think of the places you have worked at?
    6. What responsibility do managers have to create a positive workplace?
    7. What can companies do to create a positive workspace?
    8. How do bad workplaces affect people?
    9. What companies are great places to work for?
    10. What can lead to burnout?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'workplace'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why are there poor management practices?
    5. How can companies stamp out bullying at work?
    6. Have you ever had a bad boss?
    7. What can workers do about toxic workplaces?
    8. What one thing creates a great workplace?
    9. What do you know about depression?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________

    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    New research has revealed that (1) ____ workplaces can be hazardous to mental health. The year-long study is from the University of South Australia. Researchers found that full-time workers who work for companies or organizations that do not prioritise employees' mental health are three times more (2) ____ to suffer from depression. The researchers examined the (3) ____ effect of "toxic" environments on health. Elements of a toxic workplace included (4) ____ management practices, bullying, and a failure to consider mental health issues. The researchers indicated that (5) ____ employees are unhappy at work, mistreated or burnt out, their productivity will suffer and (6) ____ will increase.

    Lead researcher Dr Amy Zadow said mental health issues created in the workplace can be attributed (7) ____ poor management practices and values. She said: "Evidence shows that companies who fail to reward or acknowledge their employees for hard work, impose unreasonable demands (8) ____ workers, and do not give them autonomy are placing their staff at a much greater risk (9) ____ depression." She added: "Bullying in a work unit can not only negatively affect the victim, but also the (10) ____....It is not uncommon for everyone in the same unit to experience (11) ____ as a result." Depression affects over 260 million people worldwide and causes many people to (12) ____ their own lives.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     toxic     (b)     toxicity     (c)     tuxedo     (d)     taxonomy    
    (a)     liked     (b)     likeable     (c)     likely     (d)     liking    
    (a)     advert     (b)     advent     (c)     adverse     (d)     advantage    
    (a)     poverty     (b)     strapped     (c)     broke     (d)     poor    
    (a)     if     (b)     should     (c)     what     (d)     that    
    (a)     boggling     (b)     absenteeism     (c)     dragging     (d)     diminish    
    (a)     at     (b)     for     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     as     (d)     via    
    (a)     on     (b)     as     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    (a)     spoof     (b)     believer     (c)     shambles     (d)     perpetrator    
    (a)     burner     (b)     burns     (c)     burning     (d)     burnout    
    (a)     case     (b)     take     (c)     frame     (d)     just

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    new research has revealed that toxic workplaces can be hazardous to mental health the yearlong study is from the university of south australia researchers found that fulltime workers who work for companies or organizations that do not prioritise employees mental health are three times more likely to suffer from depression the researchers examined the adverse effect of toxic environments on health elements of a toxic workplace included poor management practices bullying and a failure to consider mental health issues the researchers indicated that if employees are unhappy at work mistreated or burnt out their productivity will suffer and absenteeism will increase

    lead researcher dr amy zadow said mental health issues created in the workplace can be attributed to poor management practices and values 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 bullying in a work unit can not only negatively affect the victim but also the perpetrator it is not uncommon for everyone in the same unit to experience burnout as a result depression affects over 260 million people worldwide and causes many people to take their own lives

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    onsidermentalhealthissues.Theresearchersindicatedthatifemploye
    esareunhappyatwork,mistreatedorburntout,theirproductivitywillsu
    fferandabsenteeismwillincrease.LeadresearcherDrAmyZadowsaid
    mentalhealthissuescreatedintheworkplacecanbeattributedtopoorm
    anagementpracticesandvalues.Shesaid:"Evidenceshowsthatcompa
    nieswhofailtorewardoracknowledgetheiremployeesforhardwork,im
    poseunreasonabledemandsonworkers,anddonotgivethemautonom
    yareplacingtheirstaffatamuchgreaterriskofdepression."Sheadded:"
    Bullyinginaworkunitcannotonlynegativelyaffectthevictim,butalsoth
    eperpetrator....Itisnotuncommonforeveryoneinthesameunittoexpe
    rienceburnoutasaresult."Depressionaffectsover260millionpeoplew
    orldwideandcausesmanypeopletotaketheirownlives.

    Free writing

    Write about toxic workplaces for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Companies that have toxic workplaces should be heavily fined. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. TOXIC WORKPLACES: Make a poster about toxic workplaces. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FINES: Write a magazine article about imposing big fines on companies that have toxic workplaces. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on toxic workplaces. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to end toxicity. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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