Full-time employees spend approximately 160 hours working each month. The workplace is almost like a second home because it’s one of the places you spend the most time. The stress that comes from spending so much time at work can lead to a toxic workplace.
For some people, added to that stress is their homes hardly see them because they’re always working. It’s an exhilarating experience when one of the places you spend most of your time is a great place to be.
Sadly, the experience isn’t ubiquitous. There are many people who are forced to work in toxic environments. A toxic workplace is unhealthy because it ultimately leads to a series of health and mental problems. The best solution is to Follow Scar’s advice to Simba in the Lion King and run far, far away and never return.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the option to run, at least not immediately. Leaving a toxic work environment must be high on your priority list, especially if you’re not able to change that toxic environment. However, you must have a plan in the interim to deal with the onslaught of negative energy. Here’re some things you should include in this plan.
Keep Your Nose in Your Own Mess
Walk into work each day with laser-like focus. People will want to distract you with workplace gossip and tasks that are completely unrelated to your job description. Don’t entertain them! Keep your head down and focus on what you need to get done. Your mess is yours and their mess is theirs.
Leave It at Work
We too often take our work life home with us. To be fair, this is unavoidable in professions such as teaching. However, there must be a balance. The golden rule is that work should be left at work. This also applies to any office issues. Leave them at your desk before you step through the door! Separation must exist so that work doesn’t overtake your life. Don’t make a habit of taking things home.
Keep Motivational Thoughts Within Eyesight
Words are powerful. Negative words and behaviors may be surrounding you at work, but it helps to have bursts of inspiration surrounding you. Get some of your favorite quotes, create a nice design for them, print them, laminate them and post them at your desk or in your office. They’ll be there each time you need a little pick-me-up. This leads to the next point.
Make Positive Thinking a Habit
This is easier said than done, but it can radically change your life. The way we think often has a significant role to play in our perspectives about life. The image is shown below aptly depicts this.
You are the architect of your thoughts. The effort you put into focusing on all the negatives of your workplace could be better spent trying to be a positive light despite the darkness. Make it a habit to turn every negative thought that enters your mind into something positive. Your happiness and sanity depend on it.
A negative workplace can take a tremendous toll on your mental and physical health. Don’t give your coworkers and bosses such power over your life. Learn to focus on what you must accomplish, stay out of other people’s mess, develop a healthy work-life balance, and surround your space and mind with positive energy.
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