“Once I’ve got this done, It’ll be alright…”
Does this sound familiar?
It’s easy to get yourself into a constant routine of “just one more hurdle” …but when do you say enough is enough?
Here are our 3 signs of knowing that you’re in a toxic working environment, how to identify them and how to break free…
1. Do you have the Monday dread? A lump in your throat knowing there is another week of work looming whilst trying to enjoy your Sunday lunch?
Write down your anxieties and why you feel this way. It might be that you’ve got too much pressure from above, or that you’re struggling with home pressures as well as performing well at work. It might be something that you feel within yourself that you need to air to a colleague/manager.
It all starts with a conversation. Growth is being able to sit in the uncomfortable and build from there. Talk to your manager and if you still don’t feel heard, maybe it’s time to look elsewhere.
2. Impossible deadlinesIt’s easy for a manager to delegate work without having a clear understanding of your current workload.
If your manager is asking you to complete a task by Monday morning which they’ve set you on Friday afternoon, this is a good indication of a manager with unrealistic deadline expectations 🚩
Do you need to push back? Communicate your concerns and come together to write a list of priorities and realistic deadlines. Still don’t feel heard? Maybe it’s time to look elsewhere.
3. Are you questioning your abilities?Imposter syndrome is not always a bad thing. If you’re being challenged, it builds on your confidence and overall growth and development. However, if you feel you’re constantly questioning your abilities to be able to do your job, here’s when to get out the magnifying glass…
Are the goalposts constantly changing? Do you have a clear understanding of your projects? Are you getting the constructive feedback you need to be able to work to your true ability?
Become the master of how you succeed at work. Do you need to be constantly pushed and challenged? OR are you the kind of person who will thrive in a more loosely managed way? Speak to your manager about how best to communicate with each other so you’re working together in a more progressive way. Still don’t feel heard? Maybe it’s time to look elsewhere.
We hope this has given you the confidence to combat these issues and go to work with a new outlook, to have these difficult conversations and grow!
If you still feel stuck, our consultants are always on hand to give some advice and explore some opportunities with you.