I’m planning on leaving my toxic workplace despite COVID-19. Here’s why.

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“You’re lucky that you still have a job.” It’s a sentiment I have heard uttered from well-meaning friends and family over the last month more times than I can count.

Despite feeling grateful that I do in fact still have a source of income unlike many of my fellow Australians, I feel anything but lucky. I’m not only wracked with guilt for not wanting my job, I feel more trapped than ever.

Prior to COVID-19 reaching our shores, I was flirting with the idea of leaving my job for the sake of my mental and physical health. Over the last few months, I had taken on two roles within my office, clashed with co-workers over the pettiest of issues and bitten off more than I could chew, all in effort to keep up the facade of the “how does she do it” woman.

As a mother of a four-year-old and someone who suffers from debilitating endometriosis, I was battling fatigue, anxiety and…

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