How to Handle a Betrayal at Work
By Kristin Baird
Workplace betrayal can have profound effect on both individuals and the entire culture. But how you manage it is up to you.
You can be a victim which will keep you in a vulnerable state, or you can look squarely at the betrayal as a learning opportunity and make a conscious effort to move on with your eyes wide open. For sanity’s sake, it’s important to recognize the betrayal and move forward.
There are many forms of betrayal in the workplace including:
When I have been betrayed, I find that myself grieving the loss of a friendship, collegial relationship or the image I had of the other person. It’s natural to feel angry but being vindictive doesn’t help the situation. The other thing that can compound the sadness is telling the story over and over.
Here are a few tips for moving beyond betrayal:
Work places are complex microcosms. Building a culture of trust means working through betrayals and learning from them.
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