HBR Guide to Navigating the Toxic Workplace

  • 5h 9m 57s
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Gildan Media
  • 2024

Are you enduring a toxic workplace?

Toxic workplaces take all kinds of forms—whether it's a narcissist boss who belittles and bullies, colleagues who backstab and gaslight, "work friends" who drain you with endless complaining, or a culture of overwork and burnout. It can feel impossible to know whether to speak up and when to keep your head down. Do you try to address it head-on, go to HR, or play office politics? And what can you do if you don't want to leave—or if your situation doesn't allow you to?

The HBR Guide to Navigating the Toxic Workplace will help you set boundaries and change what you can while helping you maintain your mental health and your self-respect in some of the toughest situations at work. You'll learn how to: recognize what's fixable; help bring problems to light; protect your reputation and your career; prevent a toxic culture from infecting your team; keep your performance up; and move on if you choose, without burning bridges.

Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, with the most trusted brand in business. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.

About the Author

Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, 12 international licensed editions, books from Harvard Business Review Press, and digital content and tools published on HBR.org, Harvard Business Review provides professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Is Your Job Toxic? Or Is It Just a Job?
  • Chapter 2 - Four Ways to Deal with a Toxic Coworker
  • Chapter 3 - When You Feel Pressured to Do the Wrong Thing
  • Chapter 4 - How Women of Color Can Protect Their Mental Health from Racial Bullying
  • Chapter 5 - When You’re Thinking of Taking a Problem to HR
  • Chapter 6 - What to Do When You Have a Bad Boss
  • Chapter 7 - Stop Being Micromanaged
  • Chapter 8 - When Your Manager Is Gaslighting You
  • Chapter 9 - Five Surefire Signs That It’s Time to Quit Your Job
  • Chapter 10 - Surviving in an Unhappy Workplace
  • Chapter 11 - How to Recover from a Toxic Job
  • Chapter 12 - Keep Your Company’s Toxic Culture from Infecting Your Team
  • Chapter 13 - High-Performing Groups Need Psychological Safety
  • Chapter 14 - Managing a Toxic Employee
  • Chapter 15 - How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams
  • Chapter 16 - Tips to Avoid Hiring a Toxic Employee
  • Chapter 17 - How Bullying Manifests at Work
  • Chapter 18 - Preventing Toxicity in Hybrid Work
  • Chapter 19 - When Office Politics Shortchanges Women and People of Color
  • Chapter 20 - How Masculinity Contests Undermine Organizations
  • Chapter 21 - Eliminating Blame Culture
  • Chapter 22 - The Hazards of a “Nice” Company Culture
  • Chapter 23 - Are You Enabling a Toxic Culture Without Realizing It?
  • Chapter 24 - Rewarding Toxic Rock Stars Undermines People of Color
  • Chapter 25 - The Antidote to Office Gossip
  • Chapter 26 - Don’t Let Power Corrupt You