A toxic work environment can have a significant impact on our health and wellness. Career Coach and Co-Founder of FIA NYC Employment, Lindsay Watson, defines a toxic work environment as a place that creates continuous stress, makes you feel small or belittled, and gives you the sense of not being able to grow. If you find yourself in such a situation, it’s important to take steps to protect your health and well-being.
In this interview, Lindsay provides three options for those who find themselves in a toxic work environment:
- Stay and implement change: Partner with your HR team to see if any changes can be made within the department.
- Move departments: If the toxicity is related to the department, consider moving to a different department within the company.
- Leave: If the situation is extremely toxic, it may be necessary to leave the company and find a new job.
To avoid getting into a toxic work environment in the first place, Lindsay suggests seeking advice from a coach, mentor, or someone you trust. If you see red flags, talk to someone about them and get their opinion. This can help you make a decision about whether to stay, move departments, or leave the company.
Additionally, it’s important to consider your own role in creating a toxic work environment. If you find that you are responsible for creating a toxic environment, take a moment to pause, get quiet, and talk to someone about it. Express your intention to change and ask for advice on how to do so. This will not only help improve your work environment, but also show your co-workers and peers that you are committed to creating a positive and healthy workplace.
If you need to make a complaint, experts advise documenting everything.
In conclusion, a toxic work environment can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health, and it is essential to take steps to avoid or escape it. From recognizing the signs of toxicity to seeking advice and support, it’s important to prioritize our well-being and take charge of our professional lives. Remember, you have three options – stay and try to make changes, move to a different department, or leave the company. No matter what, it is crucial to stay mindful, reflective and proactive in your approach. By taking these steps and creating a positive and healthy work environment, we can safeguard our health, improve our quality of life, and reach our full potential in our careers.
Watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/1gBWBZpSdjI