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How to Deal with Toxic People at Work Without Becoming One of Them

I’m not going to lie. Dealing with a toxic person is unpleasant and challenging. But you have to do it — it’s your job

Janice Eastman
7 min readJun 30, 2022
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You’ve probably worked with them: the coworker who puts others down. The boss who delegates work without explanation. The friend who always says yes but never delivers.

They are like poison and can be just as destructive.

Have you ever been in a situation where you had someone at work who was just so toxic that you left your workplace day after day feeling more stressed and anxious than you did when you started?

If it’s happening to you right now, you’re not alone.

There’s a good chance the person causing your workplace stress is someone reporting to you. Maybe they’re a direct report. Or perhaps they are your peer. Maybe they’re even one of your bosses.

Toxic workplace situation is so disheartening because sometimes, it can be difficult to see where or how to draw your line in the sand.

If you don’t say something, then does that mean you are okay with what’s going on? Does that make you just as bad?

If these thoughts have been running through your head, then don’t worry. There is a way out of this that doesn’t involve that either of these things is true.

The danger of toxic people is real. When you get together with them, they drag you down. They make you feel bad about yourself, your job or your life. They can make you question where you’re heading in life and why you matter.

Don’t Take it Personally

When dealing with toxic people, it’s easy to take things personally.

They often make you feel like they know what they’re talking about — it is your fault that projects are falling behind schedule and deadlines are being missed.



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.