5 ways to grow in a toxic work environments

We all love the work we do, which is why we chose to launch a career in what we do best and are excited about. However, it is not always sunshine and rainbows.

We may find ourselves working in a toxic environment and are at a loss about what to do. It drains your happiness and dampens your excitement about the work you do. An unhealthy workplace impedes your potential when there could be so much more you could offer.

Here are some things you can do to make the situation better

▪️Don’t take it personally
This can be difficult especially if you feel that you have a bull’s-eye on your back. Some people thrive on reactions and may jab you for one. The best thing to do in these situations is to put your emotions aside and look at the matter objectively. Give appropriate responses only when asked and channel your energy to your work.

▪️Speak up, calmly
Getting upset in front of the entire office does not only reflect poorly on you, but it also gives toxic colleagues a reason to be upset with you before the management.
If you feel that ignoring your colleagues does not improve the situation and they are still being rude to you, consider making your objections heard. Be sure to do so in a calm and collected manner.

▪️Set distinct boundaries
Maybe your bosses are the problem. They are always setting unrealistic stretch goals, moving the goalposts several times a day or expecting you to work long hours every day.
Request for a face-to-face meeting and let them know you are facing some challenges meeting the deadlines. Be specific about how they can help you complete those tasks. Focus the discussion on you, align on the expectations and agree on the next steps together.

▪️Be kind to yourself
We know that working in a toxic environment causes prolonged, unsustainable stress. It impacts our performance and lowers our self-esteem.
Find the fun and happy people in your workplace and hang out with them during lunch or after work to take your mind off the stress.

▪️ Learn and move on
Set aside some time to update your resume.During your interviews, conduct yourself in keeping with the reputation you wish to be known by.