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Dealing With Office Drama: The Office Friend Conundrum

9 Oct

If you work in an office with anyone other than yourself you are likely to experience some sort of office drama at one point or another. Maybe you told a co-worker that you trusted that you went on a date only to find out that she went and blabbed your news to everyone else or maybe you say something about one co-worker that somehow gets back to that co-worker and discover that they are upset with you. Whatever it is, we all know that drama isn’t fun, especially when it’s at the office – the very place that you spend more time than you do in your own house.

In my office I have two young women that I consider to be pretty good friends. We enjoy Friday lunches together, keep each other updated on one another’s lives, and sometimes plan out-of-office get-togethers where we sip on drinks and discuss things other than work. I would say that I feel pretty comfortable telling these women a lot of things, and sometimes I find that it is hard to determine where a line exists and if there even is one.

So I will give you an example of some recent drama that I dealt with at the office. One of my office friends (Office Friend A) had an upcoming wedding and me and the other office friend (Office Friend B) were planning on attending. About a week before the wedding, Office Friend B came up and told me that she was not able to attend the reception. A few days later I was talking to Office Friend A and simply asked if she was upset or disappointed that Office Friend B gave last-minute notice that she was not attending the reception (likely after the bill for her plate had already been paid). Office Friend A brushed it off and said no, she didn’t care. I told her I was glad she wasn’t bothered and relayed a story of when my husband and I got married and how disappointed I was when people cancelled at the last-minute. Fast forward an hour when Office Friend B comes into the office and breezes past my door at lightening speed (when she usually spends the time to come in and say hello). When I tried to say hi to Office Friend B later that day I could tell she was upset with me. She is one of those people who is always happy and chipper, so when she gave me a snarly look I knew she was upset.

It was instantaneously obvious to me that Office Friend A had said something to Office Friend B about my question. I became immediate anxious and uncomfortable, so I spoke to Office Friend A to ask if she was upset with me. Come to find out she was, and yes she had said something to Office Friend B. While I feel that I did nothing wrong (yes I offended them, but it wasn’t an intention offense), I hated being in the midst of office drama and having to be around these two women who were upset with me. While I could have held my head up high sure that I did nothing wrong, I decided to suck up my pride and send both of them apology emails. In the end the drama was resolved and everything was ok.

So, what did that little fiasco teach me? First it taught me that while these girls are my friends and while I confide in them with regard to personal matters, I can’t get too personal at work. It also taught me that no matter how close you think you are to someone, drama is always possible, especially at work.

If you find yourself in a similar situation or in a completely different situation involving drama and work, here are some tips:

  • If you think that you did something to offend someone, think about apologizing and taking the blame even if you feel that you did nothing wrong. Apologies go a long way and dealing with upset co-workers isn’t worth your pride.
  • If you feel that someone at your work is gossiping about you and saying bad things that could hurt your career or reputation with higher-ups, then say something to your boss. This may be an uncomfortable conversation, but it is important that your boss know what is going on so they are prepared when someone says something negative about you.
  • If you and another co-worker just can’t seem to get alone, avoid that co-worker, and when you can’t avoid them just simply ignore them. I know plenty of people who have co-workers they despise and they simply get through the day by being as professional as possible while ignoring them and removing themselves from situations involving that person.
  • If you have to work closely with someone who has caused drama in your office, tread lightly. Don’t engage in office gossip and NEVER say anything about anyone that you don’t want to get back to them. These people always seem so sincere and interested in your opinion, but they won’t think twice about throwing you under the bus to spread a little office gossip.

All in all I have come to learn that while you can have good work friends, you can’t be as candid and open with them as you can your real friends.

Have you guys dealt with office drama? What did you do to make the situation better?

Why I Am Happy I Am Not Managed By A Woman

27 Mar

These past few weeks I have found myself buried beneath the back-breaking and agonizing problem we call “drama.” We have all experienced it, but when it happens to us and we find ourselves in the middle of a never-ending black hole, we wonder how on earth we got here and what we can do to get out of it. To put it simply, my husband and I had a falling out with some “friends.” Since the falling out, our lives have been a big pile of drama. And trust me, “drama” is putting it lightly.  Ok, ok, you are probably wondering what my point is, right?

Well, these past few weeks have taught me many things, most of which I won’t express here. One of the most eye-opening things I have realized is that women are so much more prone to cattiness, vindictiveness, and rumor spreading. Women tend to take things to a whole other level than men and they tend to become more emotionally invested in their problems. Yes, I have known this my entire life, but these past few weeks really solidified it for me.

While the drama has been exhausting and debilitating at times, I come to one conclusion: I am happy that I am not managed by a woman! According to a survey conducted by my favorite, Emily Bennington, the top three reasons women prefer male bosses are as follows:

(1) Men Tend to be More Direct. According to women, men are easier to read and set clearer expectations than women bosses. I know that I, myself, am hard to read, so I can see how this could be true. Men tend to be more black and white, often saying what they actually mean. Women, on the other hand, tend to use fluff or hidden messages when trying to communicate with others. As most of us know, a woman and a man could say the exact same thing, but both will have a different meaning or interpretation for the words they have used. Because of this, I can see how having a woman boss would be very difficult at times, especially if you were upset with one another.

(2) Women Are Too Competitive. As we all know, women are constantly observing other women and (sometimes) judging the other women or comparing themselves to other women. As Emily says, “There is only misery behind the door of comparison.” Women either think they are not good enough, which makes them insecure and hateful of women they perceive to have it all, or they think they are better, which makes them egotistical and stuck up. Working for a female may make it harder for you to move up the career ladder or stand out to others. Of course this depends upon whether the woman you are working for is confident or is comparing herself to you. Either way, I feel that I can make the statement that men are much less competitive (at least noticeably) with one another than women are.

(3) Women Are Too Emotional. According to Emily’s study, one response stated that “Women seem to bring emotions to the table no matter what . . . . ” Let’s take the drama situation I was talking about above. It is clear from what I have seen over the past few weeks that men and women react completely differently to the same situation. While men may be upset, they don’t tend to be as emotionally consumed as women. While I hate the stereotype that women are more emotional than men, I tend to agree with it and am thankful that I have a male boss.

So, what do you think? Do you think working for a man is easier than working for a woman? Do you agree with Emily’s statistics?