I have a real problem & I have never experienced this before.
January 18,2022 at 1:47PM UTC
I was hired during the early days of covid. I have been in my industry for 25 years. I was so excited to be hired when I was brought on a year ago. In my interview I was very honest about not having the exposure to various software programs as my previous employer of 8 years did not use specific apps and that I woukd have support to learn these programs. . I was assured that my core background was the reason I was hired and not to worry. My employer/company is going through a core conversion. I have found myself being left out of most meetings and emails. My manager is telling me that I am not to talk with certain people on my team. I have been told not to ask certain team members for help. I forgot to mention that i had worked with a few of the people on my team in a previous period of employment. I thought these people would want to help me and would want me to succeed. It appears I am wrong. Basically I was brought on at a time that could not be worse. My manager will speak to my other team members (there are only 4 of us) and blatantly ignore me. Others talk over me when I try to contribute. I know that these are all signs of being ostracised. I have never experienced this treatment before. I am left to muddle through and once at a certain point, I cannot proceed. I was promised training. Repeatedly. I don’t need much help as I have figured out most of my job duties on my own. I am not wanted at work. Yes, I have started looking for another job because I can see how dysfunctional my department manager and favored coworkers are. It is obvious. Please tell me how to survive mentally and emotionally in this sort of work environment. It is hurtful to say the least. I am a positive, helpful person and employee. I have taken great care to not burn any bridges in the industry. I have not felt comfortable, valued or necessary in more than a year. I have not been able to sleep well in a year. I dread going in the office each day but every day I smile and try to be positive and productive. My manager enjoys talking about my co-workers to me. Things that are none of my business. Things I should not know. I realize that if she is telling me about others, she is doing the same telling others about me. My company does not lay people off. Instead they have a pattern of pushing people out. This is what is happening to me. I have a new job in the works but in the meantime, I need to survive in the current workplace. I feel like I am in an office of Mean Girls. These women are 55 to 63 years old.
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