How to deal with Toxic Work Environments

I have been spending a lot of time with a colleague who has resigned from a job after 6 years. It is like watching someone suffer from a bad break up. Almost every conversation involves a mention of an incident that occurred at the former place of employment or a former coworker.

My mother had a bad experience at a certain job and everyday she mentions the former employer’s name. One year has passed since her last day and the wounds have not healed. She recites her feelings of being exploited and oppressed daily. I am certain that the employer does not consider her at all. Unhealthy work environments are similar  to abusive relationships. You feel powerless, voiceless and unappreciated. The coworkers are toxic and negative, the management is biased and unfair. Sometimes the salary is merely enough to take you to work and back home.

My view is that if you are going to work everyday and still broke, you should leave that job and be broke at home. The salaries offered cannot match the rising costs of living. Further to that staff cannot take additional courses or purchase books to develop themselves when they are underpaid.

Signs that you are in a toxic work environment:

-Coworkers are bitter/negative;

-Staff are underpaid;

-No comradry;

-Management encourages competition at the expense of cooperation;

-You have sleepless nights;

-You consider resigning;

-You do not want to go to work.

In order to deal with some of the difficulties of a toxic work environment you can :

-Start job hunting;

-Put things in place then resign;

-Ask for a transfer;

-Change your desktop to a peaceful, serene picture;

-Take deep breaths during day;

-Listen to motivational videos during day;


-Instead of smoke breaks, take a walk.

Remember, at a job, you are replaceable. This is your life, the only one that you have. It is a waste to spend this life doing something that you hate.

About the Author: Antoinette Sydney LLB LEC CAMLFC CFRMP, Bar No. SYA2015211, Attorney at Law. The author is the first Online Lawyer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Her entire Law Practice is based Online using technology. Client meetings are conducted at mutually convenient meeting points. She has clients in Guyana, St Vincent, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands and North America. She specializes in Corporate Law and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance. She helps clients to start their Online Business Empire.

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Change your mind and change your life

The mind is a terrible thing to waste. It is better than any app that may be developed and is oftentimes never used to optimum capacity. Our species has the luxury of being able to think. Yet very few think critically. I long for conversations with original ideas and thoughts. Instead I am always asked whether I have seen the latest trending videos. If you want to earn money that you never earned before, you must change your thinking.

Average people earn average incomes. Extraordinary people have a huge pay day. I do not know a successful person who is bitter and negative. They are always optimistic and fun to be around, even magnetic. You must believe in yourself first. You must believe in your success and future happiness. You must visualize it, then work to make that vision a reality.

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True Friends are rare: Trinidad Online Entrepreneur

She carried a radiant smile on her face and her heart danced when she saw her friend approaching. Her friend asked whether she was taking a trip for a week when observed her large bag. Without being asked, her friend took the bag by the left handle while the elderly lady held the right handle. They then placed  the bag on the bench and both waited for the bus. I looked at them and marveled.

That was a great illustration of true friendship. Without having to ask for help, a true friend will gaze into your eyes and see that your soul is troubled. They will help you to carry the burdens as they come. It is a partnership where each person feels valued and eager to help. I am grateful that I have a similar friend who sticks closer than a brother.

I beg of you , if you have a true friend, cherish him or her.

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Updated 11th Feb 2019