By | Charlene J. Owen | www.femalenetwork.com
There are times at work when you feel like nothing is going your way, and while it’s normal to get out of sync once in a while, consistently being in a rut can already be an issue. If you actually like what you’re doing yet you feel anxious at the thought of going to the office, then the problem may not lie in you, but in the environment you work in.
You can always opt to just grit your teeth and bear the stress—especially since not everyone has the luxury to quickly resign or switch jobs—but be reminded that staying in a bad work environment can do more harm than good. Certified Professional Coach Lori Scherwin tells Bustle: “No one should ever have to work in an environment that causes your stomach to go in quivers but the unfortunate reality is it’s more normal than we’d prefer. Often professionals ‘accept it’ as is, which can do more harm for you in the long-run, both professionally and also personally.”
If you’re still in that “It’s-probably-just-me” mindset, then here are a few signs to look for to see if your office is really as toxic as you think:
Your boss isn’t a leader…
And worse, a total narcissist. While there are a few things that you can do to make your boss’ narcissism work for you, having a really bad manager who’s all talk but no action makes everyone lose focus and eventually lose motivation and interest. A manager’s leadership skills or lack thereof can make or break the spirit of a team, and if he’s nothing but a power-tripping figurehead, then it’s no surprise that your environment is as negative as it is.