Lets first understand Whats Toxic Work culture?
A toxic workplace can be defined as any job where the work, the atmosphere, the people, or any combination of those things cause serious disruptions in the rest of your life. A Toxic Work Culture may force high performing people to quit.
A toxic workplace is a workplace that is marked by significant drama and infighting, where personal battles often harm productivity. Toxic workplaces are often considered the result of toxic employers and/or toxic employees who are motivated by personal gain (power, money, fame or special status), use unethical, mean-spirited and sometimes illegal means to manipulate and annoy those around them; and whose motives are to maintain or increase power, money or special status or divert attention away from their performance shortfalls and misdeeds.
Toxic workers do not recognize a duty to the organization for which they work or their co-workers in terms of ethics or professional conduct toward others. Toxic workers define relationships with co-workers, not by organizational structure but by co-workers they favor and those they do not like or trust.
How to Handle toxic work culture by QAs?
Toxic work culture may create lot of damage in your career and in worst case scenarios it makes you so much demotivated that you left with no option but to take break from your career where you added many years of your life.
Toxic work culture results in lot of fear if not handled timely. In this post we suggest best alternatives that can be applied if any one find himself to be part of toxic work culture:
1. Mind your work and not people around you
Be dispassionate in your day to day interactions with co-workers. Just business, nothing else!
2. Do not ever use your 'closeness' to anyone to drive results.
Avoid sharing personal thoughts in toxic work environment as it will let others to take advantage of your current situations
3. Keep a detailed evidence of everything you are doing. Fact based information.
Communicate more on emails and avoid sending mails that may turn fatal for you. This will not only distract you from work but also can be one of reason for your fire
4. No Complains considering it will only go in dark
Do not complain to anyone as these would fall in deaf ears. Mind you, you are not the sole victim in a toxic work culture. It's top down and there may be many others who are facing this situation. So be cool and calm.
5. Keep your knowledge levels all time high
The most difficult part. As you try your way out, be the BEST in the job. Study regularly and meaningfully. If you ignore your own growth, no one else would propel that.
6. Look for other alternatives
Silently look for new opportunities and make sure no decision to be taken in hurry. If you are comfortable in living 1 part of country just keep your next search with in that area only till time you face severe financial crisis and your immediate family also not able to help you significant.
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