A woman recoils as a man stands behind her desk with his hand grabbing her shoulder. Harvard Business Review research shows that misconduct is contagious. When people see others engaging in misconduct, they are more likely to engage in it themselves. Photo: Photographee.eu/Adobe Stock

With many workers back in their physical offices after operating remotely during the pandemic, workplace misconduct is on the rise, and employers may be underestimating its impact on both their employees’ wellbeing and their bottom line. According to the State of Misconduct at Work in 2023 report from Fama Technologies, toxic work culture has cost companies $223 billion from turnover in just the last five years.

“Understanding the extent and nature of workplace misconduct is crucial for building a supportive work environment and fostering scalable business success,” said Ben Mones, CEO and founder of Fama.

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