Most people have to work in order to survive and they may not like what they do, but it pays the bills. However, we work with people who are miserable and they complain about everything no matter what. Unfortunately this negative attitude and behavior can make the workplace unbearable to work in. Nevertheless, I have 3 tips on How to Stay Positive While Working In A Toxic Environment.

By Ayasha Roberson

Tip 1: You To Have A Positive Attitude

You have to a positive attitude about life in general. I believe if you are able to condition your mind about thinking positively on a daily basis. You will be able to naturally project these positive qualities onto yourself and others. For the example last week, when I was at work my supervisor was becoming upset with another colleague who was raising her voice, being rude and unprofessional over the phone. Prior to this conversation, my supervisor was already frustrated so I didn’t want her to become completely upset. As she was speaking to the person over the phone, I calmly coached her through the situation and told her to keep calm as she took several deep breaths. Once the phone call had ended, I told her that she handle it very well as she was able to maintain her composure and deescalate conversation.

Tip 2: Address the problem, not the person

I work in the mental health field which tends to be highly stressful and emotional work environment. Sadly I have experienced my peer acting like the clients, I have to remind myself that I am going to address the problem, and not the person. I am consciously self-aware of my temper and maintain a good sense of self control. However, it has taken me years of practice and discipline to maintain this kind of self-control. I’ve learned years ago I am not here to be your friend, but to do a job effectively and efficiently. If you don’t like me due to personal reasons, that’s not my problem, but yours. Like I always say I will keep you in my prayers and keep it moving.

Tip 3: Don’t Get Caught Up In The Workplace Gossip

I have experienced my colleagues gossiping for hours about what this person did or didn’t do. I am here to do a job and not get caught up in the workplace drama. I always believe if my peers are gossiping or talking about others behind their backs, then they definitely will do the same when I am are not around. When I am around this kind of behavior, I will keep myself busy by doing work and not engaging in the conversation. However, if I don’t have any work to do at that moment, I will read my book until I get handed the next task or if it is a nice day outside I will go for a walk or post positive content onto my social media page. Remember : You are not getting paid to be your coworkers friends, so don’t caught up in the workplace Gossip.

Thank you for reading our Tip Tuesday, I hope that 3 tips will help you stay positive while working in a toxic environment. For the meantime connect with us on social media by clicking onto the links below

About The Author


Ayasha Roberson started Urban SociaLites, LLC in June of 2010, she holds a bachelor degree in Sociology from Richard Stockton College and Masters Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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