“I know I’m in a toxic work environment, but what can I do about it?” 

Is your office plagued by politics? Are you finding the water-cooler conversations more dramatic than a daytime soap opera? Are your talented employees leaving for greener pastures? If so, you may be in the midst of a toxic culture.

You may have tried being stern with your employees. Tried talking to the managers. And since that wasn’t enough, you also tried reinforcing certain behaviors. But, whatever you do, you just can’t seem to improve the established, toxic company culture that pervades your organization.

Can you cure a toxic work culture?

In short: Yes, you can. But it’s going to take hard work and consistency.

But what’s the best way to deal with it? As a leader, how should you respond in the wake of a negative event? How do you make sure everyone lives and breathes your values? How can you repair company culture and fix a toxic work environment?

Here’s what to focus on first when changing a toxic company culture: