Surviving the Toxic Workplace: Protect Yourself Against Coworkers, Bosses, and Work Environments That Poison Your Day

Surviving the Toxic Workplace: Protect Yourself Against Coworkers, Bosses, and Work Environments That Poison Your Day

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by Linnda Durre
     
 

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Proven techniques for dealing with workplace issues successfully

Do you dread going to work? Dealing with pestering coworkers, unmanageable managers, angry clients can take its toll on your job performance. And in these difficult economic times, no one can afford to lose their jobs.

In Surviving the Toxic Workplace, syndicated author and

Overview

Proven techniques for dealing with workplace issues successfully

Do you dread going to work? Dealing with pestering coworkers, unmanageable managers, angry clients can take its toll on your job performance. And in these difficult economic times, no one can afford to lose their jobs.

In Surviving the Toxic Workplace, syndicated author and psychotherapist Linnda Durre teaches you how to pinpoint and treat these office maladies with effective communication and conflict negotiation techniques that are sure to bring you peace of mind and peace at work.

Surviving the Toxic Workplace shows you:

  • Why these office conflicts erupt
  • How to identify and treat the 12 most common types of toxic co-workers, situations, and environments
  • The seven components of effective communication techniques you can use in various situations
  • How to deal with different conflict styles

Don't let office conflicts drain you of energy or interfere with your job performance. Treat the malady before it gets out of hand with Surviving the Toxic Workplace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071667869
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
02/19/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
523,371
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Linnda Durre', Ph.D., a psychotherapist, national speaker, magazine and newspaper columnist, television and radio talk show host, frequently consults and speaks to businesses, companies, and corporations. She hosted and co-produced two live call-in TV shows: "Ask The Family Therapist," on America's Health Network, a national cable TV station associated with the Mayo Clinic which aired from Universal Studios, Orlando; and "Personal Success Hotline with Dr. Durre'," on a PBS affiliate. She has spoken to hundreds of groups and given interviews on Oprah, 60 Minutes,The Today Show, The O'Reilly Factor, and Good Morning America, among others, and she has been interviewed, quoted, and/or cited in The New York Times, LA Times, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, San Diego Union and Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Orlando Business Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, Pacific Sun, San Antonio Light, Florida Magazine, and Parade. She has written for Forbes Online, Orlando Business Journal, and American Cities Business Journals.

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Surviving the Toxic Workplace: Protect Yourself Against Coworkers, Bosses, and Work Environments That Poison Your Day 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book would be great if you worked in a larger company with an HR Department. I got this book thinking it might help me dealing with my boss. Well if focuses on dealing larger companies that have HR departments and supervisors. If you work for a small company where the boss is the owner and there is no HR Department, well this read is NOT for you. Got an annoying coworker or supervisor GREAT READ. Got a toxic boss/owner/VP move on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The good was a quick read, but there were a lot of generalizations and lables presented that seemed to try to capture too much or over simplifies behavior, and in the process this book fell short in describing other types of critical and toxic behaviors. There is a lot more to dysfunctional workplace behavior that becomes a cultural and political dynamic that can't be simplified into a series of lables nor can the behaviors be addressed as easily as suggested. As an organizational psychologist this book doesn't really resonate well at all and seems to be overly simplified, which is good and valuable for those looking for that - it's just not as useful for those that work in the field.
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DrMardyGrothe More than 1 year ago
When people are struggling with a difficult boss or co-worker, it can be emotionally draining and even overwhelming. It can also be extremely confusing. What is going on? Why are these people behaving the way they do? How might I be contributing to the problem? What are my options, and what are the risks and benefits of each one? People with work-related "people problems" need their thinking stimulated--and Linnda Durre does exactly that in this very helpful book. Conceptually, she offers numerous ideas and concepts, often explaining complex things in simple, easy-to-understand ways. Strategically, she identifies the many options that are available, and helps readers choose the best. And even though her book tackles a serious topic, she often writes with humor and wit. I found her sketches of toxic types to be especially enjoyable and would suggest that she one day expand that portion into a separate book that might be titled "A Taxonomy of Toxic People and How to Deal With Them." Dr. Mardy Grothe
RMGRG More than 1 year ago
This advice book on Surviving the Toxic Workplace is a treasure. It is clear, simple, and practical. It is also brief and to the point. It does not waste time or words. Furthermore, it is well organized, so you can go right to the situation facing you. From clerks all the way up the ladder to presidents and CEO's, this book can transform how we work and live. Linnda Durré has a Ph.D. degree after her name, but she does not speak or write like an academic. She speaks and writes in plain English. She also knows of what she speaks and writes. She has been there; she's seen it; she's experienced it. And she nails it. Most importantly, she gives good, practical advice that works and that can be put into practice instantly No wonder that she knows how to communicate effectively: she's a psychotherapist, business consultant, columnist, corporate trainer, and international speaker. She's also a TV and radio talk show host and she's appeared on top TV programs like Oprah, 60 Minutes, GMA, Today, and O'Reilly, and in major publications like Forbes, Inc Magazine, and Fins (WSJ). Finally, she's also fun to read and hear because she has a great sense of humor. This book can help individuals and companies to become happier, more productive entities, make more money, and contribute positively to the world, as well as avoid costly law suits and bad publicity. I highly recommend this book. Rolf Gompertz, educator and author of several books, including SPARKS OF SPIRIT: How to Find Love & Meaning in Your Life 24 Hours a Day. He was a director of Media Relations for NBC and a UCLA Extention instructor.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a former supervisor and manager for many years with a major international telecommunications supplier, I highly recommend Dr. Linnda Durre's book to those with many years of experience as well as to those new to management, and in H.R. It's a down to earth approach, with plenty of common sense, and excellent suggestions. Her book offers a "How To Handle the..." for graduates just starting their careers in industry.
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MaureenSalamon More than 1 year ago
We often feel very alone -- and very helpless -- when a difficult boss or coworker creates tension in the office or even makes it impossible to do our jobs. Linnda Durre's "Surviving the Toxic Workplace," however, shows us how wrong that perception is. With pinpoint precision, Durre lays out every imaginable workplace personality, the factors that drive their behavior, and exactly what to do to improve your relationship with them. From "Bonnie the Bossy One" to "Donald the Dealmaker" to "Vicki the Victim," the descriptions of these types of officemates resonate with everyday experiences. They're also laugh-out-loud funny, in many circumstances, and guide the reader step-by-step how to deal with colleagues' weaknesses while also complimenting their strengths. Most impressive about Durre's book is how easily its advice transfers to "real life" situations that have nothing to do with work. These difficult personalities can be found among acquaintances, friends and family members alike. How many times do we encounter "Viola the Verbal Attacker" around the Thanksgiving dinner table? Or "Monty the Money Borrower" at a summertime family reunion? Even our own siblings or parents can be "Pam the Passive-Agressive" or "Ben the Brownnoser!" "Surviving the Toxic Workplace" will help you survive the game of life -- it's a must-read.