We all need jobs to pay the bills and fulfill our career goals. But what happens when keeping the job we have sacrifices our happiness and mental health? If you’re currently in a toxic workplace, you could be putting your well-being in danger.
A toxic workplace is any office where you feel unsafe, underappreciated or overworked. The toxic workplace can originate from a number of things including your boss, your coworkers, or your work itself. Here are some helpful tips that you can use if you’re in a toxic workplace.
Speak Up For Yourself
A lot of the time all it takes to fix a toxic workplace is to use your voice. Take a moment to consider what is making your workplace toxic. Is it the long hours you work? The inflexible schedule? The lack of upward mobility?
Whatever it may be, you can always take the time to talk to your boss about your problems. Most of the time, these things come down to a lack of communication or misunderstanding. When you make your voice heard, you may be surprised to receive more vacation time or even a promotion.
Take Care of Yourself First
Your job is important, but it shouldn’t be the most important thing in life. People in a toxic workplace tend to be overworked, getting little sleep and forgetting to some “me time” every once in awhile. You need to take care of your basic human needs before all else. This includes things like sleep, food, shelter, and happiness. Putting yourself first can not only lead to a less toxic workplace but a happier and more productive you.
Consider a Bridge Job As An Alternative to a Toxic Workplace
A bridge job is a position you take to help you cover your bills and basic needs while you work on your passions. If you’ve always wanted to start your own business but were too afraid of not making enough money to support yourself, a bridge job is perfect for you.
These jobs include things like waiting tables or working in a coffee shop. They’re not glamorous and will not make you rich, but allow you to pay your bills while having the extra time to grow your business. Consider leaving your toxic workplace and getting a bridge job to pursue your passions.
Make Sure You Have a Quit Fund
Having a rainy day fund gives you the flexibility to leave a toxic workplace when things get too bad. If you’re having mental health problems or the stress is too much to handle, quitting your job may be the best option for you. Many people find that they can’t afford to quit their jobs financially, forcing them to stay in a toxic workplace for way too long. With a quit fund, you can save up enough money to support yourself for a few months while you look for a bridge job or a better workplace.
For more tips on improving your workplace, check out our blog post “Simple Ways You Can Develop a Healthy Work Environment.”