I Didn’t Quit; They Fired Me: The Truth About Toxic Workplaces

The psychological effect of toxic workplaces can often make a person feel unworthy, unimportant and unwanted

Janice Eastman

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If you’ve ever had the pleasure of working in a toxic workplace, then you know that it can be tough to do your job well if your morale and happiness are negatively impacted by your work environment.

Even worse, if you’re in this situation, it may feel like there isn’t much you can do about it; after all, quitting your job may not be an option because of your current financial situation.

Or lack of employment opportunities in the area where you live.

Sometimes, fear steps in the way.

Why We Get Stuck in Toxic Workplaces

Knowing when it’s time to get out of a toxic workplace can be challenging.

The first step is recognizing that you are not alone. You’re not crazy about feeling overwhelmed or underappreciated.

Toxic work environments have been shown to negatively impact employee health and well-being. These include increased depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and heart disease rates.

As someone who’s worked in a toxic workplace for many years, I finally reached my breaking point and decided to leave. I was given an ultimatum in not so many words — either I quit, or they would make my life a nightmare.

I tried negotiating with them, but in the end, I gave up because their refusal to compromise told me everything I needed to know about how much this organization valued my contributions.

They had no intention of making things better; they wanted me to go away so things would continue as usual without disruption.

I reached out to a friend and asked them what I should do.

My friend told me that if I stayed in a toxic workplace any longer, I would be emotionally and physically destroyed — I was almost on the edge of losing my mind. I cried a lot, and I yelled a lot.

And I constantly second-guessed, my knowledge, skills, and abilities.

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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.