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    The Best Survival Guide for A Toxic Workplace 


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    A toxic workplace culture—in any type of organization and industry—can take a toll on your mental health, and in time even your physical health. If you’re enmeshed in a toxic culture you may feel you don’t have many options, but there are ways to survive with your health and outlook intact. Here are some of the best:

    Maintain clear boundaries. Be clear about what is acceptable to you and what is not. Your personal barometer of right and wrong will help you survive when others may be engaging in negative or unethical behavior. Learn to say no and mean it.

    Build connections with trusted co-workers. One of the most important resources you can have in a toxic workplace is a small group—or even one other person—you can turn to for mutual trust, support, and occasional venting.

    Remain positive. You may not be able to change a lot of things at work, but you’re always in control of your own mindset and attitude. Tune out the negativity as much as possible and learn to stay calm and centered when trouble is swirling around you.

    Avoid drama. It’s easy to be drawn into workplace drama. But it’s important for your own peace of mind and integrity to avoid getting involved—just excuse yourself from any conversation that starts to go in that direction. In time people will know that you don’t engage.

    Give yourself a break. Think of ways to give yourself a break or a reward. It could be engaging in a creative outlet outside work, picking up a new hobby, connecting with friends, working out at the gym or simply taking a walk. Anything that can steer your mind in a better direction for a while will do you good.

    Stay focused on the job at hand. Don’t let your workplace environment distract you from focusing on your work. Shut everyone out, put your head down and do your best work instead of participating in the toxic behavior that is going on around you.

    Learn to let things go. Being surrounded by negativity on a daily basis can very quickly get you down. That’s why it is so important to let things go as they arise. Detach from bad situations and remain impervious to petty criticisms and barbs that may come your way—remember, they say more about the people originating them than about you. The more you let things affect you, the harder it will be for you to get through the day.

    Leave work issues behind when you leave. Don’t carry your workplace mood back home with you. Get your mind off work-related things as soon as you leave, and take advantage of a chance to focus on the people and things that bring you happiness.

    When you deal with toxicity in healthy ways, you aren’t just helping yourself—you’re modeling positive behavior to the people around you, and in time the momentum may shift in a better direction. On the other hand, if you try everything you can and nothing is working, the best solution may be to find a new workplace.

    Lead From Within: Keep yourself healthy and strong even in a toxic culture. Learn to be good to yourself, even if that means saying goodbye and moving on.

     


     

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:15 on 2019/07/16 Permalink
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    How to Be Successful in a Toxic Culture 


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    If you’re working in a toxic organizational culture, you already know what a struggle it can be to succeed—or even survive. You’re far from alone—many people find themselves doing a job they love in a workplace they hate.

    You may not be able to single-handedly change the culture around you, but there are things you can do to advance your own success in a toxic environment. Here are some of the most important:

    Maintain your boundaries. Learn to separate yourself from what others are doing and focus on what you stand for. Check yourself often to make sure the things you’re doing fit with your values and aren’t just going with the flow. Keep your distance from activities you don’t respect unless you feel your voice can make a difference, and don’t participate in gossip and backstabbing. Refuse to let the toxicity invade your sense of yourself and what you stand for.

    Cultivate a positive mindset. One of the worst things you can do is to succumb to the negativity around you. Even if you’re opposing toxic behavior, it’s easy to be sucked into negative thinking that leaves you feeling demoralized. Cultivate a positive mindset by immersing yourself in your work to make the culture more bearable and keep your productivity high.

    Form alliances. Anything is more difficult when you go through it alone. Look for others who view the world the same way you do so you can all be there for each other. Not only will you have someone it’s safe to vent with, but together you can mastermind ways to cope with upsetting situations.

    Don’t compromise your values. Never let any situation undermine or weaken who you are and what you stand for. Don’t engage in unethical behavior, even to save your job. Nothing will erode your self-worth more than dishonoring who you are as a human being. If you lose your job because you stand by your values, you lose it for a good cause.

    Focus on solutions, not the problem. Even when it’s entirely justified, complaining and grumbling contribute to the spread of toxicity. Whether it’s aimed at other employees, company leadership or specific policies, complaining feeds a mentality of defeat. When others are focused on the problems, devote your own energy to focusing on solutions. It will change up the conversation, and eventually it may even make a change in the culture.

    Put it in writing. Especially if you’re working in a toxic culture, it’s a good idea to document the things that happen every day. Keep written or printed copies of your reviews, emails, correspondence, and meeting notes. Start a journal to record your noteworthy accomplishments as well as specifics of the dysfunction and the toxicity happening around you. Being able to speak to the work you do and what you have been able to achieve will help you manage what is happening around you. And if you’re ever called upon to recount workplace events in court or to senior management, you’ll be better prepared (and more credible) with notes and documentation.

    Formulate an exit strategy. If you’re staying because you love your job but the culture is toxic, it’s never too soon to begin looking for better environments where you can do your best work in peace and truly thrive. When you do leave, whatever the circumstances, look back on it as a learning experience.

    Lead from within: If you want to be successful in a toxic culture you have to be determined in your mindset, committed to your character and purposeful about your work. And if you’re still unhappy or unsuccessful, you need to leave.

     

     


    #1  N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R

    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


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