How might we as architects participate in creating better future, if we consider toxic as normal?
Working conditions are determined by employment relations and the quality of the work environment. It refers not only to the physical environment but above all to relationships. Toxic behaviours are the absence of boundaries and unhealthy work habits and communication strategies that can lead to undue stress and health problems. Toxic environments are frequent among hierarchical, performance-oriented organisations where open communication, giving feedback or iterating on processes is not common. Newcomers are rarely able to change the organisation’s status quo.
You are more than welcome to be yourself, and to work and act as you wish and need, as long as you do not threaten the needs of others.
Nobody asks you on Friday afternoon to deliver the task on Monday morning. You don’t have to work long hours and get pizza as a reward.
No gaslighting, manipulation or using others’ trigger points.
Making mistakes allows one to learn. Do not search for mistakes, but when they happen, focus on the solution, not on punishing the culprit.
If you were more than a CAD monkey, your personal growth would be more than welcome.