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​How to Thrive in a Challenging Work Environment

Posted-on March 2020 By Amy Bates

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At some point in your career, you might find yourself working in an environment that is less than ideal. Maybe your company is struggling, or you have a manager or co-worker who just doesn't support you or others in the office. If that is the case, it can be demoralising and difficult to put your best foot forward and succeed in the workplace.

It's not always an option to quit immediately, so they have to find a way to stick it out. If this is you, and you're trying to make it last (at least for now), then it's time to start being proactive about your work environment.

Here are some tips that you can use to thrive in a difficult workplace (that don't involve leaving and finding another job):

1. It's important that you have someone outside your workplace that you can talk to, it's key to have a support system. Having someone you can talk to, enables you to talk about your frustrations without taking it home with you. Ask a friend you trust if they're willing to let you vent to them once in a while. You can even let them know that you don't need a response, but that you just need a safe space to release your frustration.

2. Try to maintain a positive mental attitude, even if it can be difficult at times. Find any positive ways to make your job a positive one and focus on that. There may be opportunities that could help develop and prepare you for a future position. Take advantage of them and think about how this role is just a step towards something more.

3. To protect your mental well-being, you should create boundaries between the toxic work environment and your personal life, while also being able to focus on the tasks at hand. Doing this is a challenge for most people and earning to say no can be hard. Boundaries are not only healthy for you, but also for the people you work with. You can set an example for others and show them that it is okay to take care of yourself and let your job come second.

A challenging work environment may make it difficult to succeed for a number of reasons. You will be able to thrive by having people you can talk to and by maintaining a positive attitude and creating boundaries.