5 ways to deal with a toxic work environment.

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Sankar Pillai
October 29, 2019

If the very thought of hitting office for the daily grind makes you sick, it might just be time to gather your thoughts and take a call on addressing the issue promptly. Reams have been written about the adverse effects that toxic work environments might have on workers and there are enough statistics to tell you that this is not a healthy trend. Bosses that micromanage, coworkers who are not averse to smiling at you and stabbing you in the back can be a dampener to put it mildly.

So, take a call on when how much is too much. Our pointers may just tell you when.

  1. Know when to quit

It’s true that many have the option to just up it and leave, but don’t. A fear of the unknown and the apprehensions of not landing a satisfying job are all part and parcel of being in the comfort zone. Free yourselves of these shackles, come to grips with the fact that your current job sucks and you stand a chance to make a wise call to just move on.

  1. Rally like-minded colleagues

It’s good to go down memory lane and pick a few pointers on building a coterie and getting like-minded friends to watch your back and keep you in the know when things happen to go south. Mirror the culture in office and have a circle of friends who can keep you informed of management changes that could cause an upheaval in your daily work cycle. Some of those friends may be prone to backstabbing, but you should be competent enough to understand the adage of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.

  1. It’s not personal, or is it?

Management styles are usually supposed to be impartial in keeping with corporate culture but it is human nature to take things personally sometimes. If your boss has a pet peeve and that happens to be you, there is nothing much that you may be able to do if your boss takes a dig at you every once in a while. At the same time, if things start becoming personal, have a honest one-to-one with your boss and sort out the issue at hand. If you feel you have not been given adequate ear, it might be wise to approach HR.

  1. Maintain a work calendar

It may be a good idea to back up your claims at being proficient at your job by documenting anything and everything that you do related to work projects on the job. It may be a good alibi to fall back on, in case there are fingers raised by backstabbing colleagues and disgruntled bosses who have concerns about your work ethic. At any given point in time if there is cause for escalation and you are called upon by management or HR to show proof you may just have sufficient points thanks to the documentation that you have done (saving work related emails, creating folders for projects that have been undertaken successfully at the workplace with client testimonials etc.) that when it comes to matters related to execution of work and showing integrity towards your job, your conscience is in the clear, and management is in the know.

  1. Steer clear of office gossip

It’s a nice feeling being part of a clique and swapping office rumours with your besties at the workplace. But what you may not realise is you are slowly being pulled under by the dark web of rumour mongering. The rumours you discuss and help spread may also come back to haunt you some day. In fact this might exactly be the reason why you are feeling as miserable as you are at the workplace right now and reading this column for tips. Steer clear of office gossip and you still have a chance to turn things around and get the office to see things your way.

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