You can’t please everyone


I am going to be somewhat discrete in this post. There’s a certain someone – a person with great power – in this department who I think has it out for me. I may have mentioned our last staff meeting wherein said person ignored my question – actually saying in the series of dialogue, “Claire has a question but we’re going to ignore it.” This was after I apparently said something this person took offense to. I wish I only knew what it was! It really made me feel awful for the rest of the day too.

This past Tuesday, this person waited to get their dig in until the end. The day had been rainy and miserable and at one point during the meeting, the sun came out and I noted it to a colleague. At the end of the meeting, Person Who Hates Me was telling us to enjoy our day off (yesterday) and they said, “It might be sunny but Claire noticed the sun come out a second ago and soon as she did, it went away. So you can blame her!” It’s not like it was “mean” and in all honesty, it didn’t phase me, per se, but I think it was just a little inappropriate. I never appreciate the person in a group who uses another person so that the rest of the people get a laugh, you know? It wasn’t necessary.

There are a lot of pieces of this entire situation that go missing because I am not at liberty to discuss them but let’s say that this person thinks big and wants to be head honcho and I fear that a lot of people are going to get screwed in this process. This worries me greatly. But it also reminds me that I won’t be in this job forever and maybe it’s a sign to be moving on sooner than I imagined. But who knows? For now, the job’s pretty good. And I am happy.

3 thoughts on “You can’t please everyone

  1. Oh man, I do not miss the politics of that place. Of course, there are always going to be “office politics” wherever a person goes, so I suppose it’s a trade-off.

  2. That does suck. I’ve totally had interactions like that before. Like with my current prof I keep railing about.

    So will you tell me who it is in private?

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