Posted by The4Blob (126.96.36.199) on August 14, 2003 at 08:58:00:
I am still being completely left out of the workplace after-hours socializing.
To the point where I asked a co-worker, is there something wrong with me like body odor or what? She said, no, there is nothing wrong with you, don't let it bother you, they pick who they want to socialize with and you probably don't like some of them anyway. (True, true.)
Then we have a rift in the support staff. And a part of me wants to get everyone together to try and work us into a united team, and another part sees that 2 of the people involved are SSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO passive-aggressive that they will NEVER EVER change their minds about the other two people. I am caught in the middle, both sides confide in me about the other's flaws. I handed in a performance review to our boss in which I named the problems I saw on both sides -- on one side, a woman who uses her (anorexically thin) body and cuteness to get ADORED by the entire (male) staff, and who truly believes she & her pal do ALL of the work while the other 2 slack -- for the 2 slackers, yes, I wrote, one of them does truly slack but she is new and was never trained properly and with the passive-agressive bullshit, she probably doesn't even KNOW that she's seen as a slacker; the other woman, for her own reasons, is difficult and uncompromising right now (she wants more money!) but she is very good at her job, she will have no problem keeping up with her duties if she believes she is compensated fairly. To make matters infinitely more complicated, the 2 "slackers" are related and are other-than-white (the only African-Americans in the entire department) -- I hate to bring that up, but that's the reality and if they keep getting singled out I see a potential lawsuit in the future.
As a 4/3 soc/sx, the HEALTHY thing I think is to practice discretion and not get involved, let the two sides work it out, don't break any confidences. As for socializing, I want to organize an after-work party (an early B-day party for my September BD) and invite 17 people who have always been nice to me and included me in things. What do I do if someone who wasn't invited wants to know why, or, worse yet, just invites themselves along? Am I being UNHEALTHY by doing this? I feel it's something that makes me happy while sends a message that I don't appreciate being excluded, now see how it feels. I know that most of them (uninvited) won't care anyway -- they really won't. BUT it shows them that they do not have a monopoly on the socializing. (They WILL all know about it because the 2/3 sx who IS being invited will start the gossip chain.)
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