Marie’s Answer: Before making any rash decisions, consider two key questions. First, how permanent is this downturn? If the adverse circumstances reverse themselves, your dream job may re-emerge from this nightmare.
Second, could you recreate your ideal job elsewhere? Appealing positions may exist at other firms, so there’s no harm in exploring your options.
To cope with the current tensions, minimize the time you spend with cranky, complaining colleagues. The inevitable emotional contagion will only make you feel worse. Choose more cheerful companions for breaks and lunch.
Focus all your attention on work and try not to be distracted by the negative vibes. Constantly remind yourself that your boss's grouchy demeanor has nothing to do with you.
If you do decide to depart, scrutinize prospective employers carefully. People who desperately flee one toxic workplace sometimes find that they have jumped right into another.
To see if you might be in a toxic environment, check out 13 Signs of a Toxic Workplace.