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May 8, 2019

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life,

and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.

And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

If you haven't found it yet, keep looking and don't settle.

Steve Jobs

Mujeres y Allies,

The workplace is where we spend one third of our life. One. Third. Your happiness, your health, and your financial stability are all linked to the workplace. This is one of the many reasons why #3LVCareerHacks focuses so much on making the best of our work-life!  One of the biggest threats to your career can happen if your workplace culture turns toxic. This means the organization has a culture that undermines staff, creates constant drama for staff to address, or is outright hostile to all or a small group of employees. A toxic workplace culture can make just going to work feel dreadful.  The negativity, the personal attacks, or the daily drama can be so distracting that you may lose focus and in the end, it can lead to poor performance. This week’s #3LVCareerHacks is all about recognizing a toxic workplace culture and minimizing the impact on your career while you find the nearest exit!

Uno, dos y tres. Let’s do this con ganas!   

Tip #1  Basic Communication Should Not Hurt

Toxic workplaces thrive on negative communication patterns--hostility, rumors, put-downs, and passive aggressive interactions. If you find that you are completely left in the dark about the issues that impact your work or if you feel attacked for raising questions or concerns--more than likely your leaders encourage creating doubt in your value or skills.  Keep a journal of these exchanges so that you have a way to see the patterns and to ask for help from your human resource or labor representative. You may find it necessary to ask for mediation or to be reassigned. No supervisor has permission to attack your self worth or to respond negatively to your questions about an assignment.

Tip #2  A New Day, A New Drama

If you find yourself feeling on edge because everyday at work there is a new crisis, a new debate, or a new set of anxieties to face--it’s a toxic culture thriving on chaos. Leaders who create instability enjoy making staff feel insecure about their role or their future with the organization. At some point, it will become clear that the sky is not falling and next time you hear about some impending disaster--you can see through the cycle of drama, knowing you will survive.  If this kind of toxicity is common at your workplace, connect with others you can trust and walk through the key information you are hearing to support one another.

Tip #3  Next Stop: Dysfunction Junction

If your workplace has no policies or procedure guidelines for basic operations, it allows for leaders to make up new rules as they go or change the rules every day. This kind of organizational dysfunction can stem from a leader’s lack of basic management skills or it can let him or her be the only one who can make decisions. This environment may require that you basically put together a process or procedure and send that to your boss to announce how you plan to handle a task. It’s not about asking permission---it is about documenting that in the absence of some protocol you plan to “keep calm and carry on.” If after a reasonable amount of time, your boss says nothing--put your plan into action. If your boss gets angry, you’ll have the email to prove you offered to get feedback.  

That’s it. #3LVCareerHacks on responding to a toxic workplace culture-- as you seek out a better place to work!   

Got a comment for us? Give us a shout at @SavvyLatinaInfo @LatinaVIDA360 or on our Facebook Group. We’d love to hear from you!  If you’ve made one of the CareerHack tips work for you, we may feature you in the next LatinaVIDA360 Career Power Hacks Podcast!

Live Your VIDA with Intention! 


Your LV Familia!


P. S. Remember, here are the other LatinaVIDA resources for you:

  • Evernote Notebook of Curated Work-Life Resources, Readings and Tips

  • Join our Private Facebook Group

  • LatinaVIDA360 Podcast Latina Leaders in Conversation and NEW Career Power Hacks

  • Our #Slack Community to Share Experiences with LatinaVIDA Circle Guide

  • Past #3LVCareerHacks Newsletters (please share with friends and family)

  • Latina Cubicle Confidential: A Personal Blog from our Co-Founders


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