By On September 17th, 2015

Toxic People in the Workplace

Fuel barrel abandoned in desert. An excellent illustration of environmental pollution.

Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital

Last week we talked about toxic thoughts and how we sometimes repeat what was modeled by our parents. If we change our thought patterns by inserting positive messages, we can break this cycle.

This week we are going to talk about toxic people in our lives. The label “toxic” means something that drains life and energy.  We all know these types of people, and every workplace has them.  They are mostly interested in spreading negativity, and focusing everyone on the negative aspects of every situation.

A method to detoxify yourself from these situations, is separation. It may be difficult when work colleagues have become friends, but if you stay around them, you will be influenced in a negative way.  Your instincts will tell you that you are in a toxic relationship when you are not being honored or respected.  Once the toxic person is identified, try to limit your time with that individual.  Challenge yourself to see the positive in every situation.  If you seek out positive people to be around, you will notice a difference in your own mood and attitude.

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” ~Billy Wilder

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