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It's difficult to find a workplace environment in which you can thrive. dynamics can always change if your company comes under new management New bosses could turn out to be incompetent, unethical, or a disaster. The risk of turning the workplace into a toxic environment is the result of every change in management.

The author of the book Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them said that these situations create massive uncertainty for people at work. It's not just that you have new management, which is bad, it's that you don't know all of the ways in which they are going to be bad, and you don't know when it's going to trickle

Being able to see the situation for what it is, and coming up with a strategy for your next best course of action is what surviving a change in management requires. When there is a change in leadership, the jobs that we have been doing don't adapt. You will survive, but your job might not.

These are some strategies West and Levine suggest for surviving a new change in management.

Three major red flags to watch out for 

Major changes in management can take a long time to be felt at work. It is more like a slow burn, according to West. No one thing feels bad enough to leave. Whether there is silence from higher ups, if there is a huge element of uncertainty for you or your boss, or if there are a lot of people leaving the company are all red flags to watch out for.

People have to ask themselves if this is creating psychological uncertainty for them and if it's creating it for their manager. West made a comment. You are in trouble if your manager is constantly changing directions. Your physical, mental and emotional health can be affected by psychological uncertainty.

There are two red flags to look out for, the first being whether or not higher-ups are communicating with their people. It isn't that you are getting a bunch of mixed messages, it's that you are hearing nothing at all, and that's frightening, because they are fighting so much with each other, that they don't even know They are locked in a room screaming at each other if you don't hear anything at all.

If other people are leaving at a higher rate than before, that's a red flag. The people we work with are one of the most important predictors of creativity and innovation at work. Losing other people at work is a big factor. Look for that bleeding. If your friends are leaving, then you have to leave as well.

How to salvage the immediate situation 

Levine suggests that any time there is a change in management, you need to account for what you have done in your position and what effect it has had. Levine said that you always want to record and track your donations. If there are changes happening, you will be able to tell your manager what you have done to make the company better. If you keep your job, this can help.

Levine says to tap into your network if you know people at your current company or people outside the company. If you have a broad network within the company, there will be more people who are familiar with your work who can potentially advocate for you should your role be eliminated.

It's possible to make sense of what's happening at your company by reaching out to other people in your network. You need an independent perspective to say that is normal. Levine made a statement. Having a diverse network made up of people at different levels and in different companies can help you understand what's happening.

How to make a long-term plan 

The feeling of being stuck is one of the hardest parts of being in a toxic company. Levine said, "We internalize what is happening when dealing with management changes." This uncertain period is going to last forever due to the distorted sense of time.

You will need to start looking for a new job if all of the signs are true. West cautions that you need to be careful not to let your need to escape overrule the need to do due diligence on any potential new job get you in trouble. People make a mistake if they think they are not critical. Asking questions about a potential new job, and negotiating your worth, while intimidating, is an essential part of surviving and thriving.

You don't want to wait until the situation gets too bad to leave. It's like death by a thousand paper cuts when people are in that situation. If there is a mass exodus, you don't want to be in that lowest percentile to leave, because that comes with some stigma, that you weren't able to get out and get a job while you could That may or may not be true.

Leave sooner rather than later, and do your best to make sure that you are leaving for a better situation, rather than simply escaping.