How to Move on from a Toxic Work Environment

Toxic work environment

Life is simply too short to settle for bad relationships, and that includes professional relationships. Unfortunately, there are many people out there dreading going to work every day, because they are surrounded by toxicity in the workplace. Maybe it stems from bad management, maybe the company simply has poor workplace policies, or maybe it’s employee cliques that take the focus away from the work itself.

Being part of a toxic workplace takes a toll. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and a general sense of dissatisfaction in life. But it’s all too easy to make excuses for a bad relationship and continue suffering through it. After all, you need your primary source of income, and it’s not always so easy to break those ties. However, there are steps you can take to move on and improve your outlook—as well as your professional status.

Recognize the Signs of Toxicity

Workplace toxicity can wear many masks. It may feel like you have to tip-toe around your boss during the workday, or you might feel that you can’t disclose personal information to certain co-workers for fear of gossip. Ultimately, it comes down to a sense of security and mental safety at work. While some stress may simply come with your occupation, your job should not take a severe toll on your psychological health.

Set Clear Boundaries in the Workplace

If your instinct is to quit your job to escape a toxic work environment, you are on the right track. However, this is often easier said than done. It may take time to line up new opportunities and exit the right way. In the meantime, take the time to document any issues you have at work, whether those stem from employee conflicts or inappropriate comments from your boss. You might also approach the situation directly. Talk to an HR representative to set up mediation between you and a problem coworker and call out supervisors for their use of derogatory or uncomfortable language.

Quit on a High Note

When you do finally exit a toxic workplace, do so with dignity by following all common etiquette procedures. Provide two weeks’ notice, submit your resignation in writing, and thank your employer for the opportunity to work with them. Just because you are leaving a bad space doesn’t mean you can’t still get a good reference out of the job.

My name is Jessica Cox, and I aim to motivate people to overcome the challenges they face in life and leave a positive legacy wherever they go. If you want to hear my story and inspire attendees at a business event or religious gathering, contact me here.