You already know a toxic work environment is detrimental for your mental and even physical health. Now what can you do about it?
1. Be vigilant. Forbes reports that the key to combating toxic workplaces is to actually recognize that you’re in one — and to understand that you aren’t controlled by the toxicity that surrounds you.
2. Continue searching for a new job and a better environment. Don’t give up. Apply to new jobs everyday. Slay with your cover letters. Even if you don’t get a new gig right away, applying out will remind you that this seventh circle gig you have now is only temporary, and that may be enough to make you feel a little bit better.
3. Don’t contribute to the hostility. Even when everyone else is being a complete jackass, be polite. Smile. Be kind. Your reputation will precede you to your next gig, and no one will be able to say anything nasty about you right now or when you finally high-tail it out of there.
4. Fight the urge to engage in office gossip. This is easier said than done, but once you stop contributing, you’ll feel like you are the bigger person — which will in turn, boost your own self-respect and confidence.
5. Try your best to find the good. Find at least one thing that makes your job less hellish. Whether it’s going for a walk at lunch, an awesome eyebrow threading bar within walking distance, or the cute guy in accounting, find one small thing to make you feel better (or at least not terrible).