Single-minded focus on “shareholder value,” which measures performance on the sole basis of stock price has led
to a lot of pain (Byrne, 2002). However, pain is part of organisational life. Pain by itself isn’t toxic. The way pain is handled (harmful Vs healing way) over a period of time results in emotional toxicity. Toxicity in the workplace appears through leadership, culture or managers. Toxicity is the pain that strips people of their self esteem and that disconnects them from their work (Stark, 2003), in the workplace. Leverage, from an anatomical sense causes pain and the current financial pain is also the result of leverage. In business speak lack of value alignment between individuals and organisation causes pain, which if left unattended manifests as toxic behaviours at work. Human beings routinely undergo health check-up to monitor their health. Machines have annual maintenance contracts to prevent failures. In a society that believes in prevention than cure, early diagnosis over surgery, shouldn’t organisations also go through a routine health check?