5 Signs You're In A Toxic Work Environment | Clozette

You spend a big chunk of your time at work, and the environment you work in can have a hold on your personal wellbeing. That goes without saying, but you might be surprised at how often we disregard signs of negativity in our work environment. If you lie in bed at night feeling anxious about your unreplied emails or dreading waking up the next day for work, it’s time to stop ignoring those signs. Here are some possible indications that your workplace is toxic.

Your boss doesn’t like you

A person conversing with her boss

No one likes getting barked at constantly. A bad relationship with your superior can quickly go south and can make it very hard to do your job. If you can’t communicate with your boss without getting yelled at, it’s time to address it privately, or if you absolutely have to, look for another job.

The office is cliquey

An office clique like these co-workers laughing and working together could be a sign of a toxic work environment

You can’t expect to be BFFs with all your co-workers, but it’s important to have people at work you can confide in when things get too stressful. If you don’t get invited out for lunch or everyone’s laughing at an inside joke you’re not a part of, it’ll feel like you’re in primary school again and your friends just told you they "don’t friend you." Don’t wallow in self-pity — try initiating conversations, and inviting them to join you for lunch. If not, keep looking for another group of colleagues to surround yourself with.

You see employees come and go

A half-opened laptop in an empty workspace

Wait, what happened to Linda? And who’s this new girl sitting at her desk? If people are entering and leaving the company faster than you can keep up with, then something’s not quite right. Lousy benefits, non-existent career advancements or nasty bosses are common reasons why employees don’t stay for long. You’d want to keep a lookout for these signs especially if you’re new at work. 

The gossip is getting out of control

A group or co-workers laughing together

Everyone loves a good gossip over lunch, but juicy rumours spread fast, and within hours, the whole floor can be talking about Daniel’s big fat bonus — even if it’s not one bit true. While you can’t find an office in the world that doesn’t participate in some form of gossip, it shouldn’t be the only thing your colleagues are obsessed about.

Everyone’s playing the blame game

An unhappy person pointing to a laptop screen

The concept of refusing to take ownership for mistakes exists everywhere — in politics, in school, and definitely in the workplace. It’s easy to blame someone for a downfall at work, but it does nothing for productivity. Encourage your co-workers to work together in rectifying the issue instead of pointing fingers.

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Midi outfits are easy to style whether you're going to work, a family function or any party. In fact, it's one of the best garments to wear due to its length. With a slew of fashion icons sighted wearing this trend in public, it's safe to say that midi outfits are still dominating the industry. That includes the Clozette Community. Scroll away to curate ideas for your next outfit!

Street style chic

Street style chic
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Plain elegance

Plain elegance
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Checkered casual

Checkered casual
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Color block

Color block
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Playful plaids

Playful plaids
Playful plaids
Playful plaids
Playful plaids
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Everyone has set their eyes on Gemma Chan since she starred in the television hit Humans and, of course, the much-loved Crazy Rich Asians movie. Why wouldn’t we? She steals every scene she’s in and slays every red carpet she walks. Now having appeared in historic film Mary, Queen of Scots and sci-fi superhero movie Captain Marvel, she’s rumoured to show her acting prowess once again in another upcoming Marvel film, The Eternals.  

The Eternals will be set millions of years ago focusing on cosmic beings called Celestials. Though she previously played Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel, it’s yet to be revealed whether or not she’ll play the same role in the 2020 film. If she ends up with a new character, it’ll be the first time a star plays two different roles in the iconic cinematic universe.

While waiting  for news on whether she’ll join the cast led by Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Richard Madden, let’s look back at Gemma Chan’s greatest fashion moments so far. Divine cosmic being or not, she sure does know how to serve such powerful looks.

Throwback polkas

If anything, this just proves that Gemma’s great fashion taste was already present in her childhood. In this throwback to the ‘80s shot, she twins with her sister wearing polka dresses that are now resurfacing in the trends. 

Casual walks

Gemma shows us how to stylishly beat the heat with this striped tiered dress. She amps up the charm with the tied straps and layered necklaces, completing a subtly sweet look perfect for a casual sunny day out.

Sophisticated chilling

A sweater-pants combo would usually make a pretty plain outfit, but she takes it up a notch by choosing a snazzier pair of slacks. Who knew electric blue leather would be perfect with a pale yellow knit? Finally, she literally heightens up the chill ensemble with pointed bright blue stilettoes.

Suit up and relax

She made the impossible possible by making power dressing quite the relaxing affair. This soft and less structured blue suit paired with coloured sneakers somehow worked stunningly. It’s even more refreshing since Gemma Chan is usually spotted at events wearing a more structured and sleek combo. 

Preppy prints

Perhaps one of the best suit outfits, mainly because of the unique colours that power this number. The funky print gives us a retro vibe that stays between sophisticated and casual.

Cosmic disco

This Ralph & Russo number for Captain Marvel world premiere couldn’t be more perfect. The pleated asymmetrical blouse and slacks that were iridescently fringed helped her slay the cosmic red carpet.

Rich in pink

Finally, who would forget this lovely pink number Gemma Chan wore on her first Oscars attendance? The frilled collar and the tiered billowing tent gown was perfect with a simple updo. She really looked like a real-life Astrid Teo from the Crazy Rich Asians book trilogy. 

(Cover photo from: @gemma_chan)

Next, looks we loved from Crazy Rich Asians premiere.