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Are You Sick of Toxic Workplaces? A Survival Guide

This survival guide is designed to help you survive the chaos of being a worker for a toxic company.

Janice Eastman
6 min readApr 21, 2022
Are You Sick of Toxic Workplaces? A Survival Guide.
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Nobody likes working in an environment where there’s no trust, where you feel like you’re being micromanaged, or where you get the feeling that your contributions don’t matter.

There’s nothing wrong with having high standards, but there’s also a fine line between having high standards and being someone who needs to get their head out of their butt.

If you’ve ever had a job where you felt like your contributions weren’t appreciated or had to constantly fight for the things you needed to do your job well, you’ve probably worked in a toxic environment.

For some people, the line is pretty obvious. They’ll recognize a toxic situation quickly and begin looking for greener pastures even before their current job becomes unbearable.

For others, the line is a bit more subtle. They’ll stick it out for as long as they can. But will eventually begin to feel as if they are being pulled in too many directions with no clear vision, mission or objectives.

For others, the line is not so clear. The toxic environment can start to feel normal, and they might even begin to believe that they’re the problem.

The good news is that you can train yourself to recognize when you’re in a toxic environment. We all have different thresholds for how much crap we can handle before taking a step back and considering our options.

But no matter how subtle the line is or how long you stay in a toxic situation before you recognize it, a few warning signs will help you determine whether or not you’re in a toxic environment.

Is your office making you sick?

Many people go to work every day, only to find that their place of employment is making them ill. From a dull and boring environment to an unhealthful workspace, many factors can negatively impact our health at work.

The first step in stopping these issues is recognizing how your workplace could be making you sick.



Janice Eastman

From reading my writing, I hope you will begin to break down self-imposed barriers and find your authentic self in the extraordinary story of life.