We’ve all been there. The first few days of new jobs are always troublesome, finding out who you want to talk to, who you can click with, who you want to make your new happy hour buddy, etc. Every job has their characters among the employees from the cool kids, the slackers, the hard workers/overachievers, and the toxic coworkers.
What is the Toxic Coworker? The worst coworker of them all. They may be amazing and fun, and even your best friend, but at they end of the day, they are the venom that flows through your skin slowly killing you…day by day, hour by hour. The toxic coworker is the person that just slowly complains and complains about the job. They tell you all the bad things about work, even if you have no complaints and are happy go lucky about it!
Eventually their fuming will get the best of you and you will succumb to the negativity of their attitude. They hate their job and they make you hate yours too. This is the absolute worst possible feeling. Day and night, night and day all you can think about is how you hate your job. You hate going to work because all the rumors have been pasted in your head, you hate going home because of the fears of coming back again the next day. All of this from someone pointing out all the things that never bothered you and engulfing you into their hatred for their job.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job right now and I’m very happy where I am, but I fell victim to toxic coworkers at my former job — it was unbearable. (These toxic coworkers are now my best friends so its cool that I call them toxic.) Three months in I was ready to check out and made a vow to myself to never fall victim to the toxic coworker again.
My Tips for avoiding the toxic coworker:
- Nothing is as bad as your former job, so tell em to shut up
- Choose not to discuss work on cigarette breaks
- When something negative comes up, look at the people around you, point out the ugliest one and say, “At least we don’t look like them…”
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