Rising Above a Toxic Workplace

Taking Care of Yourself in an Unhealthy work Environment

Brutal Bosses. Poisonous People. Soul-Crushing Cultures.

This book will give you the confidence to rise above them all.

Do you work in a toxic environment or have a toxic boss? You’re not alone! Today, unattainable expectations, emotional harassment, and demands to do more with less often leave employees overworked, underpaid, insecure, and out of options. Must you continue to put up with poisonous people in a morale-crushing environment?

You can rise above. You do have options.

In Rising Above a Toxic Workplace you’ll learn how to endure, cope, or quit if necessary. Drawing from authentic—sometimes horrific—real-life stories, authors Gary Chapman, Paul White, and Harold Myra blend their expertise to give you practical guidance, empowering insight, and realistic hope. You’ll discover:

  • how workplaces can become unhealthy and how to avoid getting wounded;
  • what drives toxic leaders and why they are so damaging to those around them;
  • essential tips for maintaining your sanity while dealing with dysfunctional colleagues;
  • counsel on how to decide when to leave—for your own mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Includes an extensive Survival Guide and Toolkit with practical tips for dealing with difficult people and demanding situations.

How Toxic Is Your Workplace?

See a Brief Summary of ROTS from 300+ responses.


NEW Online Toxic Workplace Individual Tutorials

The 5 videos can stand alone to address individual topics, or be combined with others to create training tailored to meet specific needs.

Intro Course: Understanding What Makes Workplaces Toxic
Sick Systems: The Foundation for Toxic Workplaces
Working for & Surviving a Toxic Leader

How bad is your workplace? Learn the major components of a toxic workplace and how to determine the severity. Discover the impact toxic workplaces can have on a person’s daily life: the toll it can take on physical health, emotional health, and relationships. Includes a free code to take the Ratings of Toxic Symptoms (ROTS) scale so you can determine just how toxic your workplace is.

When the foundational structure of an organization is not built well (or not functioning well), unhealthy behaviors typically follow. We discuss the three main components that underlie a toxic work environment (poor communication, poor policies & procedures, and lack of accountability), and practical action steps to be taken to make improvements.

Are you working for a toxic leader? This course is designed to help you understand and deal with toxic leaders. We explain the top 10 characteristics of toxic leaders, the impact they have on those who work for a toxic leader, and discuss practical action steps needed to survive working for a toxic leader.

Understanding & Dealing With Dysfunctional Colleagues
Conclusion Course: Steps for Rising Above a Toxic Workplace

Do you work with people who make your life at work miserable? This course explores different dysfunctional behaviors like blaming, making excuses and creating conflict, and shares practical techniques to help you maintain your own sanity.

This final course in the Toxic Workplace Series provides insight and advice to help you begin to improve a toxic work environment. Topics include ways you might be contributing to the negativity, practical steps for surviving a toxic workplace, and issues to consider when determining if you need to leave.

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“Rising Above a Toxic Workplace will save you from hours and hours of venting about your job. Its pages are packed with fascinating anecdotes and actionable solutions for the modern worker.”

– Devin Tomb — Associate Lifestyle Editor, SELF
“Rising Above a Toxic Workplace is a must-read if you are working for a toxic manager or working in a toxic workplace. Gary Chapman, Paul White, and Harold Myra’s real-world examples will help you realize the “grass can be greener on the other side” and no one should put up with abuse in the workplace.”
– Peter W. Hart — Chief Executive Officer, Rideau Recognition Solutions
“Here is clear and practical help for millions of Americans who are overworked and underappreciated, feeling trapped in a dead-end job with no way out. In Rising Above a Toxic Workplace, you’ll discover options you didn’t know you had for coping or quitting. A terrific read.”
– Jack Modesett — Partner, Vega Energy


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“We can choose our attitude.” #risingaboveatoxicworkplace

How to Avoid Being Hired by a Toxic Workplace (Pamphlet)

The tragedy is—there are plenty of unhealthy work environments and when an individual accepts a job with one, they seriously limit their ability to find a healthy workplace in the future. It is critical for job seekers to take proactive steps to keep from accepting a position in a toxic workplace. This short pamphlet covers those steps you need to take as well as common mistakes to avoid.

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How to Decide When it's Time to Quit Your Job (Pamphlet)

Have you seriously thought about quitting your job, but you can’t decide whether it is “that bad”?  Join the majority of employees.

As a psychologist, career coach, and business consultant, Dr. Paul White has seen the challenges of “bad matches” between employees, supervisors and employers from multiple perspectives.  As a result, he has written this short pamphlet to help people be able to think through the issues they need to consider – whether or not they should actually quit (or plan to quit), or stay at their current job.

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Dr. Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman, PhD, is the author of the bestselling The 5 Love Languages® series, which has sold more than 9 million worldwide and has been translated into 49 languages. Dr. Chapman travels the world presenting seminars on marriage, family, and relationships, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Karolyn.

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Dr. Paul White

DR. PAUL WHITE, PhD, is a psychologist, speaker, consultant and author whose passion is “making work relationships work.”
For over 20 years, he has assisted businesses, government agencies, schools and non-profit agencies:

  • improve staff morale and create positive work environments
  • learn how to communicate individualized authentic appreciation among team members
  • reduce the sarcasm, cynicism and negativity associated with toxic work environments, and
  • build positive work cultures by discovering how to overcome the most common obstacles faced.

Additionally, Dr. White is a high-energy, humorous speaker who provides practical daily life tips for improving work-based relationships. In addition to speaking across North America, he has spoken in Europe, Central Asia, the Caribbean, China, and South America. For more information, please contact us at admin@appreciationatwork.com or visit his website, www.drpaulwhite.com.

Harold Myra

Harold Myra has written more than two dozen fiction and nonfiction books, including The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham. During his thirty-two years as CEO of a magazine publishing company, the organization grew from one magazine to thirteen while establishing a thriving Internet site.