We all have to work. It’s a part of life. But the problem is that some people are in toxic work environments, and don’t know it until they’ve been there a while. Signs you’re in a toxic environment include:
Constant nagging and criticism
Constant nagging from your boss about trivial things like dress code or how many times you go to the bathroom. Constant criticism from your boss that only makes you feel worse about yourself and your work.
Gossip and Rumors
People who gossip relentlessly about other employees, making them out to be worse than they really are just so they can feel powerful and competent themselves.
Feeling of dread when going into the office
A general feeling of dread when going into the office every day because you never know what sort of mood someone will be in today or if something else will happen that makes your life difficult again for no reason whatsoever.
The toxic work environment is a breeding ground for illness. Toxic workplaces are stressful, and high stress has been shown to affect health in significant ways such as reducing the immune system’s efficacy or increasing blood pressure levels which can lead to strokes and heart attacks.
When people call out of work sick more often than usual it might be due to their work being too unhealthy for them – that doesn’t sound like an office you want to spend your days at!
A boss’s insistence that they are always right and everyone else needs to be perfect is a recipe for disaster. They can’t have it both ways, people shouldn’t listen as much as the top dog talks or we’ll all end up losing out on something special in life from listening too closely.
Little to No Enthusiasm
The office is a place where people work. Most of them don’t look happy and everyone appears to be frowning all day long, so the environment must not be very good for their moods or productivity levels.
Lack of Communication
You are one of the many people who find themselves in a thankless job. Constantly working hard for little to no recognition, you might feel as though your co-workers and superiors have forgotten about you altogether.
You’re not alone when it comes to being undervalued at work–you’ve been there too! Your days consist of coming into an already chaotic environment that seems like somebody else’s responsibility (and they seem okay with it). You never receive any feedback on how well or poorly you do your tasks because nobody gives them enough attention; however, this doesn’t stop some from telling us we should be grateful just being employed.
What to do when you are in a toxic work environment?
As a new worker, you may not realize what is going on and how to handle it. But knowing the signs of a toxic workplace will allow for taking your next step at work with confidence so that when you do find a job or company where people care about each other there are no surprises!
You can go to the gym, do home repairs, or learn how to play Jigsaw puzzles with your friends after work. The key is making sure that you’re living and fulfilling life outside of work so your 9-5 drama doesn’t get to you too much.