Should You Quit Your Job if You Are Treated Badly?

by Christina Caldwell

How you feel when you're at work is important and linked to your productivity. Workers shouldn't have to come to an environment where they've been treated badly. Still, some people manage to make it through ongoing mistreatment day after day. In some cases, you should leave for a better job that treats you right.

Toxic Environment

If you have to face a toxic work environment day in and day out, then you may want to consider other work options. Signs of a toxic work environment include widespread anger and frustration, overly restrictive systems, incompetent human resources managers and scapegoating. If your employer doesn't offer a flexible work arrangement, such as working from home, this toxic work environment will take a toll on your emotions and your mind.

Feeling Threatened

If another worker or manager has said or done anything to make you feel unsafe on the job, you have to do something about it. If this is a toxic work environment, which is usually the case if workers don't receive any help when the office bully has made them feel uncomfortable, look at all your options for a new place of employment. Unfortunately, no law protects workers from bullying on the job. If the comments attack your race, gender, mental condition or age, however, you can contact your local Equal Employment Opportunity Office within 45 days of the incident to determine whether this is harassment, which is illegal.

Productivity Is Down

If you find that you can no longer perform as well as you used to due to the level of mistreatment that you've received on the job, don't ignore this fact. If what happened to you has caused you to lose interest in your work, speak with a counselor to find out ways to refocus on work. If this doesn't help or if you think you can't deal with being in the workplace anymore, then it may be wise to either transfer within the company or find another job with a new employer.


Fear is stifling. You won't be productive if you're afraid to come to work, and more than likely that same fear will pervade your home. If you're being threatened, have been physically assaulted or your boss is putting extreme demands on you for the sake of your job security, then you'll probably be in a constant state of fearfulness over work, and you should definitely consider leaving.

About the Author

Christina Caldwell is a contributor for online publications such as Women's eNews and Little Pink Book. Her work has also been featured in the popular U.K. magazine "Black Heritage Today." Caldwell holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and communications.

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