David just escaped from a full-time job in a toxic work environment where the best employees quit, and the worst people got promoted to management positions. The people with all the ideas were shunned and pushed aside, while the tush-kissers with no plans got promoted.
The harder David worked, the worse he got treated. Finally, when a completely unqualified person got promoted to be his manager because that manager had a personal relationship with one of the VPs, that was the last straw; David resigned. It was hard for him to leave the company he worked so hard for, but he felt a huge weight lifted off his shoulders the minute he was out of there.
I read this story from Liz Ryan’s article in Forbes, and it is so reminiscent of so many people experiences in many organizations worldwide. Great employees, who came into the organization with an inspired heart and a spark in their eyes, ready to make a difference, got uninspired and demotivated when they soon realized that their environment was toxic to the core.
Why do people settle for toxic, fear-based organizations? It’s not good for your professional development, health, and energy; there are many options out there; take advantage of them because you deserve better, and you deserve to work in an environment that helps you become the very best version of yourself.