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Why are people so mean and nasty in the workplace?

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    Outside of work, your friends remind you of humanity, but at work, it's the complete opposite, there's so much back stabbing from people who are on your own team. Why is it like this?

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    Outside of work, your friends remind you of humanity, but at work, it's the complete opposite, there's so much back stabbing from people who are on your own team. Why is it like this?
    In workplaces I have learnt not to get too friendly with anyone and just do my job xD
    People would call me a robot because I just did what I was told.

    The way I saw it, from 9-5 I was a slave to that company, and i would have done ANYTHING I was told by a figure of authority.

    But now I no longer need to work, so a bit of discipline is good.

    Because workplaces can be a battleground, as staff fight for resources, security and status.

    Work does strange things to a person. It's VERY rare you'll find someone genuine in the workplace, there's too much at hand for people to really be themselves without fear repercussions. Where I work it is an absolute mine field of cliques, work politics, backstabbing and general craziness.

    People like me who speak their mind and act like work revolves around my life, not the reverse, tend to get punished for not conforming.

    Ok well if they're being mean then outperform them or sabotage back, or report

    Realising the true nature of the workplace was immensely depressing.

    As a grad trainee, I discovered that a male counterpart, who'd joined at the same as me, played tennis at the weekend with the boss, and was given privileged access to driving a company sports car. That's just not the way I worked, but the experience inspired me to study organisations, and group politics, ever since.
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