In this episode, I sit down with Danielle Fairbairn-Bland, Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Vision Transformation Firm and get down to the nitty gritty of toxic work environments - what they are, how to know if you're in one and what you should do to escape.
The truth is: We're in a dangerous time right now in our society where the idea of having an abusive job is "normalized" and almost considered a rite of passage.
While we would quickly advise a friend to get out of a toxic and abusive relationship, we're more likely to accept that same friend being in a toxic and abusive work environment.
I'm not going to lie, this episode really hit home for me as I was reminded of my own toxic environment that I dealt with for two whole years. If you're currently in a toxic work environment or know someone who is, this episode is a must listen!
Episode Gems You Don't Want to Miss:
How toxic environments affect black women specifically - "Our strength is often seen as our weakness and can be a gift and a curse." [4:04]
The definition of a "toxic work environment" - Believe it or not, it's on a spectrum and can encompass many different (often subtle) things. [6:18]
How you can tell if you're actually in a toxic work environment and why it can be harder than you think to diagnose it. [8:50]
How a work environment that lacks diversity can contribute to a toxic work environment - this is one I can definitely relate to! [12:10]
How toxic work environments affect your whole life - not just your time at work, but also your self-esteem, relationships, health and overall well-being. [14:55]
What you should do if you're currently in a toxic working environment - Hint: "Sometimes you have to tune out from the world to tune into yourself." [18:30]
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Other episodes and links mentioned in the Episode:
Episode #01: "My Career Story: How I Went from Laid off to Living Life!"
Episode #19: "Navigating Your Career as a Black Woman"
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