If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might be working in a toxic work environment. To learn about the signs you’re in a toxic work environment, read this article.
You often feel offended by what someone says or does.
You might occasionally get offended by what somebody says. People make mistakes and say things they don’t mean. However, if this happens frequently by the same person after you ask them to stop, it is an issue that you should not ignore.
If somebody at work knows that they have offended you and apologizes, their behavior should change right away.
Otherwise, it is a sign that this person really does not care. Depending on the subject matter, it could even be a sign of workplace discrimination.
You assume that the day is going to be terrible.
If things are going well in your personal life outside of work, you should at least be able to tolerate going to work.
Dreading the day at the very beginning with no rational reason as to why could be a sign that something is wrong with your work environment.
First, you could try to see if taking a new approach to accomplishing tasks will help. If this does not work, your dread could be triggered by something—or someone—that is making your work environment toxic.
You go to work when you feel ill because you are afraid of getting fired.
Some people feel that calling off because they are sick is unacceptable and irresponsible. On the contrary, it makes sense to call off when you are very ill.
For instance, during this time with an outbreak of COVID-19, many people need to take medical leaves to prevent spreading the illness to others. Most bosses understand this and appreciate people for calling off, as long as they can get a doctor’s note. However, if your boss does not support you calling off for this disease, that is unacceptable.
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You don’t know how to enjoy yourself outside of work.
You should be able to enjoy your free time. However, if you are constantly thinking about work, it is hard to remain in the present with your friends and loved ones.
If someone close to you is concerned about your emotional state, it could be a good idea to think about how different aspects of work might be affecting you. For instance, you could be temporarily overwhelmed by a large project. If that is not the case, someone at work might be causing you to think negatively.
Those are just a few signs you are in a toxic work environment. If you have experienced any of them, you may have to consider a new job or career path.
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