American adults employed full time work an average of 47 hours per week, according to a survey by Gallup. That’s about six days a week of work – and a lot of time spent at the office. As one of Central Connecticut’s top employment agencies, Stewart Staffing knows if you’re working in a negative environment, it can seem even longer than that.
When this happens, your first thought might be to leave for greener pastures. That’s certainly an option, however, it typically takes a few months to get there. What can you do in the meantime to stay productive – and sane – in a toxic work environment? Here are 6 tips to help you:
Tip #1: Find your friends.
When you’re facing a negative work environment throughout every week, in can certainly take a toll on you. That’s why it’s so important to have a good network of family or friends you can vent to. Getting rid of any pent-up frustration will also ensure you don’t ruin your weekend and evenings ruminating about issues at work. Talk about it, let it go and move on.
Tip #2: Stay busy.
When you don’t like your work environment, chances are, it’s on your mind all the time. That’s why it’s important to stay busy. When you’re involved in other activities outside of work – whether socializing with friends, going to the gym, or picking up a hobby – you’re giving your mind a much-needed break from all the frustration you’re experiencing at work.
Tip #3: Focus on the positives.
If you strictly think about only the negative side of the situation, it’s easy to lose heart. But instead, find the silver lining. Are you able to telecommute a few days a week? Do you work on interesting projects? Will this job be a great stepping stone to something better? Rather than focusing on all the little things that drive you crazy throughout the day, try to step back and look at the big picture.
Tip #4: Stay out of the drama.
Whether it’s gossiping or backstabbing that’s going on at work, try your best to stay out of the fray. Instead, focus on your work and performing well. You’ll feel better for it.
Tip #5: Set boundaries.
If part of the problem is a total lack of boundaries – for instance, your boss or co-workers calling you at all hours about non-emergencies – then it’s time to take back control of the situation. That means actually taking a lunch break, not coming in hours early every single day, and setting auto-reply on your email after hours.
Tip #6: Plan your move.
If you’ve decided the best course of action is indeed a new job, start creating a plan of action. What do you need to do to achieve that goal? Polish your resume? Tweak your LinkedIn profile? Start networking? Even when you’re working in a toxic environment, it’s easier to bear when you have an exit strategy in place.
If you’re ready to make a move to a better job, but could use some help with the process, call the experts at Stewart Staffing. As one of Central Connecticut’s top employment agencies, we can connect you with opportunities at companies large and small all over the area. Contact us today if you’re ready to get started…and get a new job!