You were promoted to management due to your superior skill set in your industry, but you find yourself feeling drained and overwhelmed with toxic personalities at work.
Now that you have more income, a better title, and more professional opportunities, you’d like more work-life balance.
You are a marginalized person–or someone of multiply marginalized identities (female, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, fat, disabled, current or former sex worker). You were told one (or more) of the following things when encountering toxic behavior at work:
“Ignore it and it will go away.”
(It didn’t…they were wrong and you were right for bringing it to their attention.)
“You’re just thinking negatively.”
(When this person’s behavior was negatively impacting morale, leading to turnover, or impacting revenue, you were calling it out, and this made more privileged people uncomfortable.)
“This is just how it is in the industry.”
(No, it’s not, you’ve found evidence that people don’t have to suffer and talked to much happier colleagues.)