Workplace Ostracism - Another Office Politics to be Seriously Dealt with
You cannot escape office politics if you are a working person. Whether it is a government office or a corporate firm, you are bound to face it everywhere, every day. These office politics often lead to negative experiences that leave deep scars in the mind and life of a person.
The persons facing toxic office politics often leave their jobs too quickly. The company loses valued employees without knowing the actual reasons behind their resignations. One such cause is the feeling of exclusion.
Feeling of Exclusion from Formal as well as Informal Relationships can lead to Disengagement in the Workplace
- Unintentional ostracism: - This case arises due to affinity bias. It is our natural tendency to be drawn to people similar to ourselves. Your communication style may not be like others or your peers have different expectations for your working relationship. As a result, a distance or a barrier is created between your colleagues and you.
- Intentional ostracism: - The motive behind such behaviour on the part of the peers may be personal or professional. In most cases, they are premeditated. This intent may not be malicious all the time.
But why such workplace ostracism happened to Sheila?
How does workplace ostracism affect a victim?
Why can't the victim of workplace ostracism complain about such misbehaviour?
- Workplace ostracism mainly consists of verbal insults or physical gestures in a disguised and invisible manner that seems threatening.
- Since most of the time, it is intentional that the complaints of the victims were ignored by co-workers or supervisors.
- Very little or no evidence to document the unfair treatment or harassment at work could be found
How can workplace ostracism be dealt with?
- Assessing the situation well: - Whenever ostracism occurred Sheila would care to judge the situation. She would like to find out whether it is a one-time experience or a persistent problem to be reported.
- Avoiding the co-workers: - Sheila avoids confronting co-workers who misbehave with her.
- Keeping records of misbehaviour: - She kept records of each and every insulting behaviour she faced and reported directly to HR. This solved her problems on time.
- Maintaining professionalism: - Sheila now hardly pays attention to deliberate disregard of co-workers and maintains her professionalism.
- Divulging into other activities: - To keep herself away from the negative effects of workplace ostracism, Sheila keeps herself engaged in those activities that make her feel happy and satisfied.
- Finding a mentor: - Whenever Sheila faces any serious problems in the workplace, she takes the help of a mentor who guides her well to overcome the situation.