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Figuring out toxic workplaces

Published : Aug 22, 2019, 5:50 pm IST
Updated : Aug 22, 2019, 5:50 pm IST

With the ‘burnout culture’ kicking in, people are finding it harder to deal with toxic workplaces.

Start by identifying what makes you unhappy. (Photo: Representational/Pixabay)
 Start by identifying what makes you unhappy. (Photo: Representational/Pixabay)

“I still need that job to pay off my bills.” Chances are, you would have said this without looking into what made you say this. Working at a place where your productivity is maximised, but your personal growth gets sacrificed in the process, is a difficult thing to deal with. Consider the following factors when thinking about a job-switch:

Identify what exactly is toxic at your workplace

While there are several signs to identify if your workplace is toxic or not in the first place, the second step is to pin point the exact factor that makes you unhappy. Is it your colleagues, the policies, or specific experiences?

Examine the possibilities of change

If you can make changes in your existing job and turn it into a dream job, go for it. Have a one-to-one conversation with your boss, or ask colleagues who are approachable and you trust the most. Analyse how your job can be turned into a sustainable one. And put the ideas across. Don’t go about ranting, but explain in a rational way as to what is perturbing you.

Next, check the response of your workplace towards these. Are your concerns being addressed? Keep a tab for not just for the day after, but for at least a week or two after you have put forth your issues.

Prioritise your well-being

Today, we know how work takes a toll on even the most basic aspects of living: not taking ample rest and skipping meals, to bring in some extra money. Is it worth all these ‘sacrifices’? To be honest, these habits are clearly hazardous for your health. So, ditch that sales call at lunch break, and avoid those mails once you’ve left your workspace. Your ladder to self-actualisation begins with your well-being.

You need a support-squad

Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you, instead of the ones who drag you down. Find the kind of people who’ll support you throughout, even as you go job hunting or work for the time before moving away.  

The money factor

An important thing to note with respect to the money factor is that it’s a completely personal response. According to Bossed Up, as far as expenses are considered, there are two personal variables:

  • The extent of toxicity at your workplace and its impact on your life.
  • The worst-case scenario, that is, how will you deal with ‘failure’?

Consider all these factors before you think of jumping into a new workplace. If you experience chronic stress arising due to a toxic workplace, seek the help of a counsellor or professional. Remember, your well-being is your priority.

Tags: workplace, office stress, well being