4 – Pick your confidantes wisely. In an office where you are not sure who to trust, it may be wise to confide in no one. Discuss professional dilemmas with someone outside of work who has solid judgment and discretion.
5 – Go up the ladder. If your boss is part of the problem, as a last resort, consider contacting their boss. However, have documentation of all of your concerns and be prepared for backlash if your concerns fall on unsympathetic ears. Some businesses have anonymous hotlines for taking complaints of harassment, or questionable business practices.
6 – Weigh your options. Is this environment so toxic that you should look for an internal transfer? What is the price of peace? Are you willing to take a pay cut, or move, or commute further to get out of this environment if necessary? Are you so used to the chaos that you have not considered your options? What are the rewards of staying? If you stay another eight months will your retirement be vested? In what way is this job serving your best interests and how long are you willing to stay with it as it is?
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