The place where many people spend the majority of their time, in the workplace. When toxic people surround you, it isn’t easy to get work done. It’s also critical to consider your coworker’s mental health by taking steps to avoid an unhealthy work environment, such as:
1. Avoid Gossiping About Your Coworkers
It’s not only hurtful, but it’s also unprofessional to gossip about your coworkers. When you’re not focused on your work, you’ll get less done in the long run because office gossip diverts energy away from more productive activities such as brainstorming new ideas or producing high-quality work. Plus, it isn’t easy to feel fulfilled at the end of the day when you spend your time talking about other people rather than focusing on yourself and your own goals.
Try keeping track of how much time you spend talking about other people at work if you’re having trouble avoiding workplace gossip. Perhaps turning workplace gossip into a competition with yourself to see if you can go an entire day or week without hearing about it will help. Get rid of the office gossip and find productive ways to spend your lunch hour.
2. Set Boundaries
Setting boundaries is necessary to avoid a toxic work environment. These can be between people or between oneself, regarding other people’s expectations and what they are willing to do for them. Setting these limits is crucial because it establishes personal limits that define who you are as a person, making it easier to recognize when something is wrong.
Because there will be no false expectations about how much time or responsibility someone has agreed to take on by setting their boundary in the first place, setting boundaries will lead to fewer conflicts with coworkers and superiors. Furthermore, knowing that they have value even if they cannot meet all demands helps employees develop a sense of self-worth. Suppose an employee cannot set their boundaries, they may begin to feel unappreciated or unveiled, leading to toxic behavior.
3. Speak Up For Yourself
Speaking up for yourself can help you avoid a toxic workplace where your boss interrupts or takes credit for your ideas. You deserve to be in an environment that allows you to grow and create. Speaking up for yourself is essential because it protects the quality of your ideas, which could lead to increased profits, happier customers, and better coworker relationships.
The best way to speak up is to be open and honest about what’s going on at work; don’t sugarcoat or make excuses! When something isn’t working out, your boss should get notified so that they can fix it before either party becomes frustrated. You must, however, have the confidence to speak up for yourself and not let your ego get in the way to do this successfully.
4. Be Kind To Everyone Including People You Disagree With
Employees get pitted against one another in a toxic workplace. They compete for resources and attention, and the desire to be “right” trumps any desire to work together or find common ground. Professionals in today’s workplace have a culture like this.
It can also happen in the workplace when people with opposing viewpoints on important issues (such as politics) get together. Kindness is what keeps toxicity from spreading like wildfire in these situations. Kindness isn’t just about being nice; it’s about seeing everyone as an equal and respecting their ideas, even if you completely disagree with them; but that doesn’t mean you should let others walk all over you.
5. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help When You Need It
It is critical to recognize that there are many people on the opposing side of the fence. It doesn’t mean they’ll agree with you, but it does mean they won’t get threatened by your requests or act as if you’re trying to make life difficult for them. They will understand how difficult it is to balance work and family obligations, as this is also a reality.
Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s an indication that you want to do your best work, and it doesn’t mean that your coworkers will take advantage of you. It may be beneficial to them because they may raise issues that are difficult for you to address on your own.
You can’t control the actions of everyone in your office. However, the above are things you can do to ensure that toxic people don’t ruin your day-to-day life at work.