• Jackie Mitchell

Surviving a Toxic Workplace

The title of this post really should read:

"Not Putting Up With A Toxic Workplace"

... because you really shouldn't.

I'm not going to give you 3, or 4, or even 5 reasons you should go. Because you only need the one reason to seriously consider changing your environment...

"You've identified your workplace as a toxic work environment."

  • Do you go to work (whether virtually or physically) each day and feel the dread, the tightness in your chest, the beating of your heart, or the headaches?

  • Does the thought of going to work put you in an anxious and unsteady mood?

  • Do you feel unmotivated and depleted all day?

  • Do you dread talking with or interacting with certain people or groups within your company?

I won't go on because if this resonates with you, you definitely get my point.

No one should feel this way when it comes to the career they have, the work they do, or the environment in which they do it. PERIOD.

It doesn't matter the situation; a toxic work environment is one in which you experience these emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

  • What is it doing to you emotionally, mentally, and ultimately physically?

  • How is it impacting your relationships?

  • How is it impacting your personal life?

  • How is it impacting your overall well-being?

Only you know the answers to these questions. Only you know how it makes you feel consistently. There's no need to ruminate on it and confer with everyone in your circle about what they think you should do. You know deep inside what you want to do. You want to maintain a healthy well-being and continue to sustain your lifestyle. You can do both. And if you can't do both in the environment you're in then let's discuss what you need to do to survive during this transition period.

Here are 10 things you can do today to help you during your transition:

  1. Write out what you want in a work environment

  2. Begin talking to your professional network about opportunities and your goals

  3. Transform your resume into a magnet that attracts the right company and hiring manager for you

  4. Begin your search (start with your professional network and become active on LinkedIn)

  5. Shortlist your job search to three to five job descriptions that interest you

  6. Use your network and LinkedIn to help secure fact finding interviews

  7. Walk into work each day with a sense of purpose that you're taking the necessary steps to move on to bigger and better things

  8. Do something every day that gets you closer to your goals

  9. Find pleasure in things that you do that show off your skills and value -- even if it's onlly recognized by you. Find something to be grateful for each day -- even if it's your paycheck (that's TOTALLY OK!)

  10. Take pride in knowing that you have the skills and experience to take your abilities to a company that fits your values, work style, and provides the ideal environment for your needs

Remember, regardless of the situation in your workplace, you deserve happiness and fulfillment. Every day may not be perfect but everyday does not have to be stressful and taxing.

Put yourself and your well-being first.

Trust that you will find what you are looking for.

Career coaching does more than help you find joy in your lives. Career coaching with me, helps you identify patterns of behavior that keeps you stuck, create new behaviors that align with your values, and coach you step by step on finding the ideal job and company that works for you.

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