Saturday, February 16, 2013

Mean Girls

Put a bunch of strong-willed, opinionated & ambitious women in a small office for a few years and there is bound to be a little tension.  Throw in the fact that it's a small town and a very SMALL OFFICE where everyone knows everyone business and it could get a little out of control.

The past few weeks at work have been really hard.  Personalities clashed, gossip was spreading and feelings were being hurt.  It was all getting to be a little much.

I'm usually pretty good at not letting that sort of stuff bother me.
I do have to see these people everyday, and in all honestly, I don't have anything against them personally.  But with pressure on me at home dealing with my husband & son and THEIR issues, it felt very overwhelming.

Yesterday, after a very long week... something happened.  I won't get into the "incident" but I can say that tears were shed and a lot of us were finally able to get a lot of stuff of our chests...


It was an emotionally draining day, but I am hoping this will change the atmosphere in our office for the better.  It's a great place to work, and the people are amazing... we lost sight of the importance of camaraderie & teamwork.  I am hoping we will begin to respect each other again and put our work first and feelings second.

Has anyone else dealt with some difficult time at the office?

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6 comments

  1. Yes! I used to work at an Ophthalmology practice WITH ALL WOMEN -besides a few of the doctors. It was just crazy. It's like after I had been there for a few months we were all even on the same "cycle". It was a lovely job, but honestly- due to my experiences there, it would be very hard for me to go back into a possition with ALL WOMEN around me 8 hours a day. I beleive the docs became moody b/c of the woman. And, we ran into a lot of- silly/stupid stuff (like people getting their feelings hurt b/c their WORK BFF went to lunch with another girl)-just retarded.

    And, this business had 5 locations, and all those other places were woman too. And, when we had to call/have SKYPE meetings...a lot arguments would happen there too.

    Needless to say...I'm glad I chose to leave and be a stay at home mom.

    I miss working, but NOT THAT JUNK!

    The other placed I worked, were not bad at all. Just that practice! Geez.

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  2. ugh I hate that. I had somehting similar at my old school with the then-department chair and blew up at her (in front of the entire English department and my principal) and told her she wasn't helping me (a new teacher of 2 years) and that I felt she wasn't doing her job and letting student drama get in the way of us workign together. It had been building and it got settled and solved, but man was it much needed for that school year.

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  3. It's hard working with a bunch of people in a small space. I always try to keep to myself and not talk about anyone things can come to a head way too quickly.

    I hope things are better!

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  4. Oh my! Offices are very odd atmospheres with very interesting dynamics. I work in a room with 5 other people...so you can only imagine. There are personalities that clash often, but I've mastered the art of coexisting with everyone!! I'm present during times that are important relationship building times. Any other time outside of that, I'm zoning them all out! LOL. You have to set clear boundaries with everyone so they can know what to expect from you and know how to treat you. One of my coworkers talks to me constantly about the issues she has with our office and I keep trying to tell her about the boundaries...but at this point, I think it's too late because boundaries are hard to reset. SO!...lol...to answer your question...I'm an introvert. I like to watch folks closely before I start interacting with them. I'm guarded but not so much that I don't have relationships with the people at my office. I've learned over time how to perfect this process and I feel this works for me!

    I hope things get better for you all at the office!!

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  5. I am that girl in your animated gif. I just want everyone to feel good about themselves! but not everyone has that opinion. i try to ignore it, but there are people who are completely selfish. I forget that is true. I just help where I can, and steer clear the rest of the time.

    You can't change anyone but yourself

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