You may be saying to yourself, but I hate my current job, I can not stand my boss, or my co-workers and the environment is just toxic. Well, then those are the reason why it may be time to get out and start searching. I can say that most of us have all been there, working for a company where you no longer feel the motivation to even get up in the morning to go to work because you know it will toxic.
Changing Jobs should not be something you fear, but something you embrace, because with each new position, you will gain new skills. The question I tend to ask myself has I learned everything there is learn in my current role to move on to the next role.
All of us wish to be productive in whatever Job we do, what we don’t want is to go to work and be in an environment where we want to jump ship each day. So what are some signs of a toxic work environment it may be time to head for the door? Here are some reasons:
Working in a toxic environment has its physical ramifications that will affect you, dreading the next day and coping in your own way. For instance, I have personally dealt with this where I could not sleep, I was eating a lot more than I normally would and felt constantly unsure of my place in the organization over how unstable my department or the company was.
Many times, in toxic work environments our bodies are trying to tell us something and many times we choose to ignore those signs, because we have to go to work, we feel we have no choice, we have bills to pay. These factors all add on top of what you are already going through.
Does this sound familiar? It might be and although your place of employment may not have all of the indicators, some do wreak havoc on the workplace. I will discuss a few these I have experienced and what that result ended up like.
I am one believes trust your gut when something tells you something is wrong. Once you know what you’re dealing with.
Where to go from here?
Recognizing a toxic work environment is your first step in deciding what course of action to take, but here are some recommendations that can assist you:
Plan your exit Strategy- Begin your Job search, what’s typically called a stealth Job search, Not telling anyone, maybe only close Friends and Family, but no one at work should know. It’s important to know you have a choice, you can leave the Job without another Job lined up if the environment becomes more toxic or hostile, but If you are able to hang on until you get another job, that would be best.
After reading this if this sounds like yourself like many out there, it’s important to remember you have a choice to where you want to work and putting yourself first is the first step. Know that your physical and mental health is vital to your productivity.
I know in these types of situations you may feel helpless, what I recommend is that if you love your job unhappy in the environment, I would make attempts to speak up, but know there are risks. Depending on what country you reside in, you may or may not have rights to a job.
For example, in California we have what’s “At-Will” Employment meaning you can be let go for any reasons, you are not protected unless you are in a union. By speaking up, at least you know you made efforts to change the environment and not stand ideally by as it became more toxic.
Prepare yourself for the worst in any situation especially if you have to walk away, try to save, prepare yourself if you do walk away to know finding another job may not come right away.
I would highly recommend reading our fellow writer and Operations director Megan Owens piece on “I Quit My Job” at https://blog.myneedtolive.com/i-quit-my-job/. As someone who has lived through these situations, know that every company /organization is not like this, a toxic work environment has been allowed to get this way many times by poor leadership. Continue to search for fields and Job that will allow you to be content and be your best.
Not every job is going to be perfect, but no one should have to deal with those environments when leadership stands around and allows this to happen. Remember you are important and you come first to what you want, so if you have spoken up and those concerns go unattended too, I would recommend starting looking, because in most cases the organization is not going to change, it comes from the Top for a culture to change. Believe in your abilities and continue to look to the brighter day!
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