That’s the sound a toxic colleague makes when you’re in his or her presence. Sometimes it’s not so overt but regardless, you still have to work with this person to the point where their abnormal behavior becomes normal and then you get sucked into an abyss of a dysfunctional environment.
Dr. Paul White, co-author of Rising Above a Toxic Workplace: Taking Care of Yourself in an Unhealthy Environment, provides us with some exclusive tips to deal with them.
1. Don’t expect them to respond “normally.” When you’re dealing with someone who is abnormal, their reaction to you will likely be consistent. Yes, as in abnormal, too.
Dr. White explains, “No matter what you do, you may find yourself blamed or second-guessed or told you did the worst possible thing when you actually did something good.” The sane approach, he says, is to give up expectations of getting healthy responses. Read more