How can I make my office
environment more pleasant?
There are limits to fighting office politics
Megan is having
problems with her colleagues and her boss is definitely
mistreating her. She writes, "I talked to my
boss and asked
why she is behaving like this, what is the problem but she took
no heed to it and took it in a wrong way. No one is ready to
talk to me, even my team mates who in the past asked my advice
on everything under the sun are no longer talking to me; she
made everyone against me. Once I had made a complaint of a
colleague in my
office for using abusive words while talking to me, who
unfortunately is now the General Manager and maybe the one
making all this happen. If this is the problem then how to turn
this hostile environment into friendly one?"
We can talk about this at a later time (whether you did
something that got you to this point), but at this point you are
clearly a victim of an orchestrated campaign by your colleagues
to force you to quit. You are simply in the wrong place at this
time as far as
office politics is concerned. This is not a battle that you
can win easily even if it is no fault of yours. Here are some of
- Simply quit, either if it is causing you too much
health problems or you are a believer in the philosophy
should be joyful.
- Wait to quit till you are able to find another job
if you do not have the savings to support you financially in
- Keep working and ignore what is going on around you.
It is going to be somewhat hard, but if options above are
not possible, then, this is the only way to ride it out. If
do your job well and try to stay above the politics, no
one maybe able to hurt you. You will need a more
spiritual attitude towards work, money, and people.
Think of it just an unpleasant thing to do in order to
move forward in life. Also try to remember that except
for some very lucky folks, most
workplaces are challenging in one way or the other. In
your next job, it could be something else that will be
painful, like a longer commute or
lower pay or
less opportunities for advancement.
- Do you have someone high level in the organization you
are close to? She or he does not have to be in your
department but this person maybe good to ask for
advice/suggestions on what to do. Maybe this is all a great
misunderstanding and this executive maybe able to facilitate
- Fight it out by using the channels available in your
company. For example, if a case can be built for harassment,
with the help of an
you should explore it, and in the meantime, you can ask for
an internal transfer.
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