Surviving a Toxic Work Place
A toxic work place (and I mean it in a negative way) often results to unhappy employees with poor morale, not to mention corrupt management with zero accountability. The easiest and probably the sanest way to get out of such a situation is to hand over your resignation and move on to greener
and happier pastures. However, if for some unfortunate reason you can’t do so, you can always keep these coping mechanisms in mind, and be the ultimate work place survivor:
Whatever happens at work stays at work. Your home should be your sanctuary from the issues and problems that can plague you from the daily grind. If you bring work home, you’ll only extending stress after work hours. Try to compartmentalize work from your personal life. This way, you can always have something relaxing and peaceful to look forward to at the end of the day.
Smile and think happy thoughts. Be positive. Yes, it is difficult to be more positive in a sucky work environment but if you just dwell on the problems, you’ll only invite more negativity into your life. Bring in happy knick-knacks or pictures of fun times to help you be motivated at work. Close your eyes for a few seconds (or if you’re afraid that people will think you’re sleeping on the job, you can always just stare blankly elsewhere) and meditate. Do some deep breathing and count up to twenty and let the negativity out.
Take advantage of your lunch and coffee breaks. Recharge your batteries so you can last the rest of the day. Leave your desk. Eat out or use the time to exercise and walk around.
Unused vacation leaves might amount to some extra money at the end of the fiscal year. However, you may use this time to actually go on a vacation. You don’t have to spend extravagantly on some beach somewhere. Just take the much needed break and rest.
Don’t let it get to you. Avoid gossiping and whining. Just do your job and do your job well. Even in a toxic work place, if you stay professional, you will one day be able to get out of it and move on to something a lot better.
April 20, 2009 Monday at 12:53 am