To avoid taking a job in a company that has a "toxic" environment, look for clues such as jobs or people being described as "demanding" or "hard charging," writes Michael Carroll, author of "Fearless at Work." Also, "the inability to connect with something genuine and human is a telling indicator of what might be to come if you were to join the team," he writes. "Politeness without substance often masks a culture that places more value on goals than people; appreciates results over talent."

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