Sometimes you wonder if it’s just you. You’re unmotivated at work; you’re groggy. Admit it: you’re downright depressed. Sure, maybe it is you, but maybe it’s your work environment. Attn has collected these five surefire signs your boss has created a work environment that’s, well, killing you.
1. You’ve noticed that somewhere along the line you’ve stopped being productive
You used to be cool, man, but now, you don’t seem to be getting anything accomplished.
Did you know there’s a link between being happy and being more productive? Part of the problem may be a toxic boss who, consciously or not, is withholding some critical information you need to do your job well. You feel down all the time, but can’t put your finger on why. A toxic, bullying boss will wreak havoc on your sense of well-being. Is this job depressing you?
2. No matter what happens, everything seems to, well, stink
It may be that your boss is a pro at bullying you without being obvious.
3. Your once-a-week happy hour is now an everyday thing
It used to be celebratory — a way to unwind and socialize with coworkers. Now it’s a daily anesthesia. Yeah, maybe your coworkers are still there, but they’re getting hard to see through the haze.
4. You always feel like you’re on the outside looking in at work.
If you feel like you have to get in with some office clique to feel like you belong, you’ve got a toxic situation. After all, whatever side you choose, it’s us vs. them. A good boss will make you feel welcome and part of the team all by yourself.
5. You don’t feel well in some vague, yet continual, way
This is simple: a toxic workplace can make you sick. Bullying and chronic stress can cause hypertension, a greater chance of developing cancer and diabetes, and being involved in accidents at work. How do you feel about anxiety, PTSD, and thoughts of suicide? If you’ve got toxic-office disease, the cure is simple. Have an open, honest discussion with your boss — detail the leadership qualities that are negatively impacting your life. And if that doesn't work, leave.
Bottom line if this sounds like you: the problem’s bigger than you, and this is your own, personally real life being ruined. It’s time to get another job.