Workplace Environment – 7 Self Reflective Questions


Welcome to a self-reflection exercise aimed at helping you overcome negative experiences of your workplace. With awareness you can transform your life and career into one filled with confidence, kindness, positivity, and joy. The first step to overcome a negative situation is allowing yourself to recognize how the environment affects you emotionally, cognitively, and physically.

The next step is to make a choice for change.

An unhealthy organization can make steps to become a healthy place with a viable level of trust. Over time through training, and building a strong culture and climate, they can become a positive workplace. Many times however, unhealthy environments keep slipping downhill to create various levels of toxicity. In that situation, organizational trust and capabilities fail because they did not prioritize a healthy environment for the workforce.

The outcome of toxicity in the workplace is one where it causes harm… actual harm… long-lasting harm to employees, their confidence, goals, productivity, and sometimes their workplace safety, and the health and relationships with their family.

7 Questions

There are 7 questions intended for relatively quick answers. We’re not looking for speed. All you need to do is:

  1. Read the question. They are simple YES or NO questions.
  2. Think of a scenario at your workplace that relates.
  3. Consider that scenario and how that applies to your life, or how it makes you feel.
  4. Move to the next question.
  5. When you get to the end, enter your contact info so you can receive a copy of all the notes sent to you by email.

For a decade, I’ve worked with people from all over the U.S. to help them regain their life after difficult circumstances. If you’re ready to make changes, then reach out to me at the CONTACT link above. For now, this is not about selling you a product or sessions. It is about YOU coming to terms with how your workplace affects you.

2 Workplaces

I know what wonderful organizations are with a workforce that loves what they do, they feel and know a future exists for them, and they have trust in those around them. I also know what a toxic workplace looks and feels like when co-workers kill themselves after years of bullying, fear and disappointment.

This self-reflection exercise is just a small part of what your life and career can be. For information about Transformative Life Centering, here's one (of many) success stories where people from abusive conditions (like toxic workplaces) have found life on the other side.

Of the two workforce examples above, I want the best for you.

When you are at your best, everyone around you is at their best, strengthening and supporting each other.

That’s what I want for you.

Anthony M. “Tony” Davis

Here are the 7 Self-Reflective Questions


Workplace Environment Survey

Question 1:

When you recall specific incidents or situations that occurred in your workplace, do those experiences cause you to feel hurt, angry, or drained?

Question 2:

Did the experiences at your workplace sometimes negatively affect your personal or professional confidence, or make you doubt your self-worth?

Question 3:

As a result of the working environment, did you find yourself adding unhealthy coping mechanisms?

(For the purpose of this question, an unhealthy coping mechanism might include alcohol, tobacco, other substance use, or unhealthy eating habits.)

Question 4:

Think back to the strengths and positive qualities you possessed before entering the workplace. Do you feel your strengths and positive qualities have declined since you arrived?

Question 5:

Did you feel you needed to find healthy methods to counter negative emotions or stress caused by the work environment?

Question 6:

Do find yourself replaying negative conversations you either had at your workplace, or wish you could have with problematic people?

Question 7:

Do you ever find it difficult to imagine a happy and exciting life because your workplace makes you feel stuck?

Some Notes About You and Your Working Environment

The Results (below), will be emailed to you.

I email these out once a day (unless I'm out of town). Then, I'll email them out as soon as I can. This is the first version of this self-reflective exercise, and I plan to expand this into a short course with more resources. So far, this initiative is very popular.

I believe the popularity of this exercise is because our current working environments have many that are problematic. Those are the ones that harm good people like you.

Click the "Keep Me Informed" for new resources. I want to create solutions to make things better.

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