If you love your job, you want to stay working there, but it’s not a black-and-white situation. You may enjoy your position, but your coworkers create a toxic work environment. Perhaps you have an irritable or abusive boss. That can make it challenging to want to go to work every day despite loving your position. Here’s how to manage your toxic work environment. You can assess if you need to make a decision to leave.
Honor your boundaries and assert them
It’s crucial to have boundaries at work. Particularly in a toxic workplace, boundaries are going to be essential. Just because somebody is your boss doesn’t mean that you have to take everything they say and obey it. Of course, you want to be a good employee and follow the office’s rules and regulations. But, if something doesn’t feel right to you, it’s okay to speak up about it. In the end, asserting your boundaries and stating what you feel is going to make you feel better about yourself, and your boss will respect you more. You can also maintain your boundaries with coworkers. If someone tells you something that makes you uncomfortable, you can set a limit and let them know that you do not feel comfortable with what they said. Having appropriate work boundaries is crucial. No matter what sort of work environment you are in, whether it’s toxic or not, boundaries can create a more positive work experience.
Creating your happy place
Creating your happy place could be interpreted in multiple ways.
Internal happy place
First, staying in a zone where you feel content comes from within. Our environment can influence us and make us feel bad, but we also have the power to put an emotional shield around us. You can do this in a toxic workplace. Think of things that make you feel calm. You can practice mindfulness when you are working. You do not have to react or respond to negative emails right away. You can think about what you would like to accomplish at the moment before replying. Remembering that you have a level of autonomy can be empowering.
External happy place
Another interpretation of the statement is to create an external happy place. Make your office somewhere that you want to be. Despite all the toxicity around you, when you have a space where you feel content, that makes it more bearable to be at work. Having a dedicated, calm space to work Will make you feel more grounded, and you will be productive. You will feel like yourself in an area that represents you and who you are. You can put up pictures of your loved ones or artwork that makes you feel comfortable. Even if you work in a cubicle, you can decorate it to make yourself feel at ease.
Remind yourself why you need this job
It’s crucial to remember why you were at this job. What drew you to work in this place? Is it a place that you are just going to pay the bills, or is it a job where you are passionate about what you’re doing? It’s good to have a reminder of why you were in this workspace and what your intention is. That will keep you focused and goal-oriented rather than focusing on the toxicity of the work environment. You have a dream to accomplish in this job, and you will do it.
Know when to leave
There are specific work environments that are untenable. It might be such a toxic or abusive environment that you cannot stay at that job. It’s okay to look for another position if you do not feel safe at your workplace. Hopefully, you can find a new job, and there won’t be a gap in your employment. But remember that your safety matters and your mental health is more important than being in an abusive workplace. It can help to learn more about toxic workplaces by doing your own research. You can check out Mind Diagnostics to read about how toxic workplaces impact people. Another resource is going to see an online therapist. Online therapy is an excellent place to discuss issues you may be having at work. You have more control than you in a toxic work environment. Remember that the next time you enter the office.
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