At one time or another many of us have worked in a toxic environment that results in feelings of being unwanted and unappreciative. Such environment is neither beneficial for the employee or the organization because it diminishes the bottom line – profits and productivity.

Toxic environment refers to many elements in the workplace, such as back-stabbing, discrimination, bullying, sexism, etc.  I have worked at many corporations in the media, and there is always at least one person who finds enjoyment in making others feel uncomfortable and miserable.

If you are caught in this vicious trap, here are some steps you can take.

  • Speak to that person
  • Document everything
  • Speak to your supervisor
  • Bring the issue to higher management – HR department
  • If all fails, then take the matter to the Labour Relations department.

Most business owners will recognize and rectify the problem immediately to bring about greater harmony in their workplace, because if they do not, then there is the chance an employee taking legal action which should always be the last resort.

And if all the above step does not solve the issue, then you have no choice but to look for employment elsewhere. Staying at your current job may not be the best scenario because eventually it will take a toll on your well being.