Considering how much of their day many people spend in an office, workplace boundaries are crucial. How do you know if your workplace is healthy? What does a toxic workplace look like? Sometimes, it's pretty easy to see if your workplace or one of your colleagues is not healthy for you. "In general, to spot a toxic coworker in your workspace, look for the telltale signs: It’s all about them, they take credit for the work of others, and they’re interested in your company as long as you have something to offer them," relationship expert and author April Masini tells Bustle. And even in the most obvious cases, it can be difficult to know what to do about it. But the truth is, many times the problems in your work environment might not be so obvious.
A lot of the time, it can feel like you're imagining it or overreacting. You don't want to kick up a fuss by saying something. And, especially if your other colleagues seem to just be going along with it, it can be difficult to trust your gut that your workplace is unhealthy. But there are a lot of ways that an environment can be toxic even if you don't realize it. Here are the signs.