Are you in a toxic workplace? One in which bad management and negative attitudes leave you feeling tired, burned-out, or ill. Of course, some of us feel like this after a tough day at work anyway – particularly if you don’t like your job.
The reality is, though: Workplace toxicity is directly related to your professional surroundings rather than your individual circumstances. Perhaps your office acts cliquey or gossipy. You witness bullying or a general lack of trust. Or your maybe your colleagues’ ideas and good work tend to get disregarded.
If any of these things are happening at work, you can say your workplace has become toxic.
Dealing with Workplace Toxicity
While the word ‘toxic’ gets bandied around in all sorts of contexts these days, in the case of a harmful work environment its use is pretty accurate. A toxic workplace can make you sick. The stressful atmosphere can raise your cortisol levels, putting you in danger of a heart attack or stroke. It impairs your ability to work to your full potential. And over time, the daily attrition of battling to get by in a toxic workplace is likely to lead to burnout.
If you don’t have the luxury of being able to quit, you can at least make things more comfortable while you work on improving the situation. Start with your own mental health. Draw a clear line between work and personal time. Keep yourself busy and active on your time off. Also, take note of the positives (achievements, friends, and opportunities) while in the office. Then look around and see if you have any way of improving conditions at work.
Want more information on how to heal a toxic workplace? This infographic from Resume.io can show you what to look for and how you might be able to help create change.
Read on, and learn how you can be the catalyst of change that makes things better for everyone.