Are your workmates toxic?
It’s Thursday – one more sleep until the weekend.
I worked at a place once where a colleague was presented with a pair of knee pads and some mouth wash at a party celebrating her promotion. The gift was given anonomously and although there was much discussion about who gave her the nasty gift, I never found out who it was. Regardless of whether I liked or did like working with her, I felt the joke was distasteful, highly inappropriate and just plain mean.
Have you ever worked with people who have made you feel uncomfortable? Have you ever fantasised about screaming “I hate you” at a workmate? Have you ever counted the minutes until lunchtime and then run out door and cried while eating your lunch? Have you ever disliked going to work so much, you’ve rung up sick and watched daytime tv for hours? I’ve done all those things.
On the flipside, have you ever cold-shouldered someone you’ve worked with or raised your voice, only to regret it later and had to apologise? Yep, done that too.
Work is such a highly charged environment and for many people it’s the place they spend a majority of their waking hours. It’s impossible to always get on with people no matter how much you like them. People can do annoying things like not wash their dishes in the shared office kitchen or drink all the milk and not let anyone know to replace it or microwave fish curry. Need I say more!
Work colleagues can also be wonderfully supportive (insert names of JustB-ers here) and encouraging. Sometimes only they will understand the pressures of the daily grind. There are ups and downs in all walks of life, whether it be work, indoor netball, your local knitting club, the school canteen or home. It’s how you deal with it which defines you as a person. Me, I’m a bit hopeless. I like to get things off my chest, even when it’s not the right time or place. I’m working on it. How about you? Do you deal with office conflict or office saboteurs with tears, grace or fire?
What about the work mate who eats with their mouth open or tells you far too much information about their love life or is a huge slacker? What about the photocopying machine? I always referred to it as another workmate. They never work properly and you spend far too much hanging around it. Even at Christmas parties (that’s another story)!
How about this work colleague? She was doing her best to help. She really was!
I love that she tried her hardest to get out of the shot. Not everyone at work is that kind though are they?
Have you ever worked with a nasty or annoying work colleague? How did you deal with it?
Have a fab day,
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