Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I work in an environment where, to over-simplify, the technical and human sides of things are carried out by males and females respectively. A while ago, I had an established relationship with one of these males. Unfortunately, I had a miscarriage and health complications that put me in a rather delicate financial and work situation, as this partner walked out on me and has ignored me ever since. I've been back at work for a while and management has comforting words. But I'm surrounded by disrespectful and challenging colleagues - so much so that I'm unable to achieve any further personal and professional growth. I find passive-aggressive attitudes all around me and fail to gain either their respect or their engagement in the tasks I manage. Recently, someone got pulled up for something I've been working hard on and I was given a verbal warning on the grounds that my team had lost confidence in me. What can I do to change things?

A Groups of otherwise perfectly decent people often behave with senseless cruelty when they smell weakness in one of their number. It seems to be a very basic animal instinct - but is no more forgivable for that.

You were away from the herd through sickness, and when you returned, you'd lost your place in the unspoken hierarchy. To compound the problem, your former partner - conscious, no doubt, of his own standing in this group - chose to distance himself from you. Without anything being said, you've become the victim of a conspiracy. You've been sidelined and rejected.

It happens in schools. …

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