4 Toxic Workplace Situations: Should You Stick Or Split?

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The workplace can be tough to navigate at times, and things might happen which may make you question your position and think about finding a new job. That's fine and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but we thought we'd take a look at some of the top, toxic workplace situations and help you decide whether to stick with it a little while longer or make like a banana and SPLIT:


A boss from hell

The boss from hell comes in many forms. Whether you’re suffering from a micro-managing dinosaur or your line manager is stunting your professional development, it’s never great to be dealing with a dragon at a senior level. As a marketing professional, it's vital that you feel comfortable with the people you're working. Employees often stay or leave for the boss they work under rather than a company as a whole, so it's important that we don't underestimate this.

How to deal

Stick or split. You don’t necessarily need to up sticks here, but if you’ve been dealing with this for a prolonged period of time, it should be a consideration. The first port of call should be to address this with your boss directly. Arrange a meeting and prepare in advance exactly what you’re going to say. Write notes to prompt yourself; you'll be surprised how much you forget in the heat of the moment. If this doesn’t go well or if you don’t feel as though speaking is an option, most HR departments and senior members of staff are equipped to support you with any problems you might be having. 


Workplace negativity 

Who wants to go to work to be surrounded by a cloud of misery 9-5? People have their ups and downs, especially in a workplace setting, but if you’re dreading the office every day because of this, it’s just not worth it. Unfortunately, this kind of behaviour can have a domino effect, and you can be left feeling just as dejected as everyone else.

How to deal

Split! No, not every workplace is packed full of negativity every single day, but you need to weigh it up. It might be a one-off, or perhaps even a two-off. If it’s affecting your ability to perform in your role because it’s bringing you down, it’s just not worth it. Life is too short to spend most of your week somewhere that's making you feel sad. We could create a whole list of things to do to increase immunity to negativity, but when it comes down to it, we don't think we have to. You're not trapped.


Colleagues or bullies?

Are you being treated fairly and with respect by your colleagues, or are you noticing behaviours that are making you feel uncomfortable? Jokes at work are no problem and it's fun to have a laugh in the office, but there's a fine line between being the butt of the joke once or twice, to this becoming a recurring, unpleasant issue. Banter is fine, but it can quite quickly turn into harassment if it’s relentless, so keep tabs on it.

How to deal

Stick or split. Seeking advice or reporting this behaviour internally is a good place to start. Equally, awkward situations can be overcome by a simple conversation with the colleague or colleagues in question. If you've done everything you can to try and resolve the situation, it's time to make a like a banana and SPLIT. Why waste your time with people who have no respect for you? 


The sinking gut feeling

Sometimes you just get this overwhelming feeling that things just aren’t right and that's your gut feeling. Having a feeling like this doesn't have to be a bad thing, and more often than not, it helps you to move on in the knowledge that you're probably doing the right thing. Things constantly change in the workplace, just as they do in life generally. Good things come to an end and bad things can happen. Once you've got that feeling, it can be hard to come back from it. 

How to deal

Split. We are strong believers that the gut is always right. Change isn't a bad thing and sometimes we need it to really develop ourselves, especially from a professional perspective.



It's a pretty terrifying place, the real world of work, but it doesn't need to be. Searching for a new job, figuring out your current role and wondering where your career will take you are all big things to deal with. We've got your back. Plenty more career advice and marketing jobs where this came from. We hope you enjoyed #theinsidescoop. 

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