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The women in my office hate me. I am an attorney and took a "temp" legal job at my firm 3 months ago via a headhunter...
Well, I stuck it out and after two months (when I hear that all other temps had left running out the door), the secretaries started getting VERY hostile in suble ways. All of a sudden, they won't even say hello to me. At the same time, I just got an offer of full employee status. I'm staying but the secretaries clearly HATE it and continue to give me the cold shoulder and withhold when I need something. (Mind you, I do all of my own typing and there is no risk of them being fired for lack of work).
What can I do? I'm sure they won't change if I try to confront the issue or if I act all sweet amd humble. They clearly intend to be hostile in a very very small office.
Brusque, demanding, unfriendly boss. Very hostile secretaries who hate you and don't even say hello. No chance of changing the environment. Wow. Sounds about as intense as it can get.
You ask "What can I do?"
Option 1: Come in quietly, close the door and do your work in a proverbial cocoon. Leave the jail at the end of the day and pay no attention to the jail keepers. Repeat day after day.
Option 2: Come in quietly, close the door and do your work in a proverbial cocoon. Leave the jail at the end of the day and don't come back. Find a new job.
Either can work. Go with what resonates best for you.
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Arnie Herz, Esq.
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