Toxic Work Environment? Make a Job Transfer

Getting a transfer out of a toxic work environment may be one of the best career moves you ever make. Toxic work environments come in many different forms, and knowing how to escape is critical to your physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Recognizing Toxic Workplaces

The toxic work environment comes in various forms:

  • Actually unhealthy: Frequent sickness, lethargy, lack natural light, old carpets, cleanliness and general standards of workplace substandard.
  • Unsafe workplaces: Fumes, excessive noise, hygiene issues, cheapskate maintenance, generally rundown environment.
  • High stress: Excessive workloads, multiple distractions, frequent clashes when extremely busy, nasty workplace culture, much friction between staff, “edgy” managers and supervisors.

These environments can also come in some pretty grim combinations. Any workplace which is regularly creating physical or emotional stress is toxic to a degree.

The factors that you should use to decide whether or not to leave are your health and personal sanity. You can replace a job, but you can’t replace your health. Prolonged exposure to any unhealthy environment will affect you negatively. Toxic workplaces are generally recognized major health issues in the employment industry and medicine. The transfer is definitely the simplest of possible options which doesn’t actually require you to find another job, so it’s a good first choice.

Picking your transfer

The potential problem with transfers is that an employer who creates a toxic workplace in one location is perfectly capable of having other toxic places to work. You will need to find a workplace which isn’t going to turn out to be more of the same. These are the safety routines for checking out your transfer options:

  1. Investigate other areas where you’re sure can do the work.
  2. Ask the manager about jobs, express interest, and above all get a look at the potential new workplace. You will get some receptivity from management, because you’re interested.
  3. Check out the workplace and the workplace culture.
  4. Local knowledge is particularly useful when getting a transfer. If you know anyone in other areas of the business, of if you have a friend who can tell you who to talk to, get some pointers and ask about any problems.
  5. Check out more than one option. You may not be the only person trying to get out of the toxic zone.

Getting a transfer

The process of getting a transfer is an administrative exercise. That means it takes time and patience, and that you need to get your options right. With the support of the new manager, there shouldn’t be any difficulties. The only potential delay is getting released from the old area due to the need for a replacement. Here are a few important steps to take for a rapid transfer:

  • Ask Human Resources about transfer procedures first. Give yourself time to learn and understand the transfer process.
  • Select your preferred transfer.
  • Coordinate with the new manager.