A toxic working environment is one where you feel psychologically unsafe. There’s often a general feeling of negativity, unhealthy competition and aggression. A recent report indicated that a toxic work environment was the number one reason people left their jobs during the post-COVID-19 “Great Resignation” — not because of compensation (as most people believed). Tips for dealing with a Toxic work environment:

  • Remember it’s not your fault: The negativity at your job isn’t your fault. Although having a positive attitude and collaborative mindset may help in certain situations, remember that there’s only so much you can do to improve the culture at your work.
  • Take your lunch break elsewhere: Be sure to take a lunch break where you can get out of the work environment. Sit in nature if possible.
  • Set boundaries: For example, don’t get bullied into skipping your lunch break as you need your breaks to recharge and do your job well.
  • Don’t get involved in the drama: Try to walk away from any drama or gossip. Nothing positive will come from it.
  • Stay focused on your goals: Do your best to stay in a positive state of mind.
  • Have an after-work ritual to raise your vibes: Do something after work to psychologically clear away the negativity.
  • Stick with a few trustworthy co-workers: It’s a good idea to keep a few work allies, so you can support and confide in one another.
  • Don’t compromise your values: If someone at work is being cruel to you, do your best to not respond in kind. It will only make the situation escalate.
  • Engage in regular stress-coping techniquesTake up meditation, yoga or engage in daily exercise to help you handle chronic stress, such as taking a walk through nature.