3 Signs of a Toxic Work Environment

And why you deserve better

Kara Lissy
Sep 14, 2020 · 3 min read
Photo by Luis Villasmil on Unsplash

“Well, this job isn’t for everyone.”

I was about 6 months into my first post-graduate salaried job at a behavioral health clinic and feeling overwhelmed. I’d come to a supervisor with a few concerns. I felt a general lack of clinical support around the complex cases I was assigned. In addition, the number of patients on my caseload was making it difficult to make any strides in treatment. Plus, the mixed messages about sticking to my union-assigned hours while also completing all paperwork before the end of each day left my head spinning; it was impossible to do both.

Gaslighting

Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse in which a person or group, often in a position of power, continually denies or invalidates your feelings or lived experience. In severe cases, they may manipulate you into questioning whether your reality actually exists. They might say things like:

Poor boundaries

It’s natural for some lines to blur between professional and personal when you’re spending most of your waking hours in a week with the same people. Friendships and intimate partnerships develop — this is natural. What’s unnatural is when these personal relationships dictate privileges or exemption from punishment or consequences.

Use of shame as a learning tool

Workplaces are rife with learning experiences; they are a crucial part of what helps us grow and change and adapt to better versions of our current role or perhaps leaders in our field. Mistakes and challenges are inevitable, and it’s okay to feel guilt over situations we could have handled better or remorse for interactions that didn’t go as planned.

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Kara Lissy

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I’m an LCSW and a psychotherapist in NYC. I write about self-care and personal growth. Feel your feels! :) kara@agoodplacetherapy.com // IG: @kara_bout_yourself

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I’m an LCSW and a psychotherapist in NYC. I write about self-care and personal growth. Feel your feels! :) kara@agoodplacetherapy.com // IG: @kara_bout_yourself

The Work + Life Balance

Stories promoting healthy harmony between work and home life. We follow the rule that we work to live — and live we must.

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