Conflict in the workplace takes many forms, and runs the gamut from passive aggressive behavior to blatant bullying. LGBT employees may experience any and all types of conflict simply because they are ‘different’ and co-workers and supervisors are ill prepared to manage their bias and/or personal beliefs.
When confronted (directly or indirectly), how should the LGBT worker behave? This big, broad question has no simple answer. There are many possibilities and outcomes to consider: report (or threaten to report) to Human Resources, angrily lash out, ignore, leave your job or request a [...]
For many, some level of discomfort because of work is an everyday occurrence. And, yes, if this discomfort isn’t somehow responded to, it can lead to depression. Let’s look at how this works, and what to do about it.
There are lots of reasons our work may make us sad or angry or scared. Our employers may expect more than seems reasonable. Bosses or co-workers may be angry or scared themselves, demanding or even incompetent. Exclusive sub-groups can form, creating tensions that can be tough to manage. Then there’s the matter of compassion fatigue. This is the emotional exhaustion that can come from working with traumatized people often found in medical staff, clergy and [...]