Your job is important.
But it is not as important as your workplace. Why? Because while you may be good at what you do, when the environment you are working in is toxic, you cannot do your job well. Your mental and emotional health will be compromised, and there is nothing as toxic as that.
Here are the signs your workplace is toxic, and it may be the time to do something or to move somewhere else:
It is all about work
There should be a balance between work and life. We cannot simply exist to spend all our time working. There should be time to unwind, to recharge and to do nothing at all. When you are working for someone who does not acknowledge the importance of this, run as fast as you can to the other direction.
You are not valued
Not only you but the people you work with. The management or the company is focused on your shortcomings instead of acknowledging your potential and the hard work you do. It is toxic as it is draining.
It is all about money
People put up a business because they want to make money, the same way we work to earn a living but it is not just about money. There is life outside work, and there are things more important than money, one of them your sanity.
Competition is good, but when employees are forced to compete with each other instead of working together, it is not a good sign. A friendly competition is always welcome but not the one that tears each other down instead of pulling each other up.
When you are experiencing any or all of the above, it isn’t necessary to leave right away. You may be able to speak with HR, show a good example or reach out to the right person. When you have done all you can and nothing changes, then perhaps it is time to move on.