Workplace Distracted

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about feeling isolated and disliked:

I work in an office where I am support staff with many others. However, unlike many of my peers I have a college degree, much work experience, and I work very hard and long hours. The reputation of the support staff was not regarding highly as I was told when hired. My work ethic has been at a high standard; I am a positive person and keep a good attitude even in rough times.

My counterpart in the department and her cronies are beginning to alienate me, whisper when I am around and most recently said a vulgar word in front of me pertaining to me if I took it that way. I have been dealing with this for a while now pretty effectively though it has gotten a bit distracting. In addition, every single person that I do become friends with is soon taken in by my counterpart who starts going to lunch with my friend, talking with them at length and they eventually are not close with me anymore. Work is work so I use the term “friend” loosely here, meaning friendly with. How can I best focus on my work with all of this going on around me? Thank you for your help.

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