Colleague Always on the Chat

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about coworker ostrasizing:

I have been working here for two and half years. Since then many changes have been taking place. One of those situations involves my colleague who is always on the Internet chatting and watching movies which I have blocked not allowing this to happen. Because of this she has tried to ostracize me and my finance head by ganging up with the other staff. What should I do?

Signed, Blocked By Me

Dear Blocked By Me:

Were you given the authority to block your colleague from Internet chatting and watching movies? If you were her boss, was not that your job to determine if such behavior interfered with her job? If rather you were a coworker and blocked her from chatting and movies, she obviously dislikes you for that and doesn’t think you have the authority to do that. Did you report her and consequently was she stopped from this? I assume that must be the way you got her blocked from what she loved to do. If so, you supervisor wants her to attend to what she is employed to do and you did the right thing because she was cheating her employer. Now if she in any tangible way disrupts your work, you should turn to your supervisor to correct that.

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