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How to cope with bitchiness and backstabbing in the workplace ?

Updated on May 30, 2011

"Don't give it legs . . . "

There is no place for bitchiness, backstabbing, gossip, etc. in the workplace . . . or any place, for that matter. "Breath" is a part of our sacred Life Force and using it for negative purposes is a waste.

As a Life Skills Coach and Business Management Consultant I know that eliminating bitchiness, backstabbing, gossip, etc. in the workplace is critical; left unchecked, it can destroy a company.

The simple answer is: "Don't give it legs . . ." In other words, don't give it any energy, don't pass along comments, don't repeat gossip, don't participate in conversations where any of this negative behavior exists. This works best in small offices with a single offender; without air to fuel the fire, it soon burns out.

Larger offices take a bit more tenacity to put out the flames. So many people today have become addicted to this kind of destructive behavior.

Before taking public action I would start with genuine self evaluation. I would examine any circumstances where I may have inadvertently lead the offending-party to believe I was in some way being bitchy, backstabbing and/or gossiping myself; they might have taken this as consensus or permission.

I would also review any times when I may have been an involuntary and silent witness to bitchiness, backstabbing and/or gossiping, etc. Without verbally setting the record straight at that moment, silence is often taken for complicity.

I would look at my own motivations. Have there been times when being an "insider" felt good, had merit or benefited me in some way? Do I have personal feelings for the people involved that may cloud my judgment?? If the attack is against me, am I taking it personally?? I would look at my own intentions.

There is a big difference between bitchiness, backstabbing, gossip, etc. and the exchange of valid information. Someone who has not fully developed independent thinking will find it hard to discern one from the other. The disparity is often found in the intention behind the actions/comments.

Once I became clear with myself, I would openly and actively oppose bitchiness, backstabbing, gossip, etc.

I would choose my own words carefully. And consistently.

If the problem behavior continues, I would respond with something like the following:

Humorous: "Sounds like someone could use a nap!!"

Compassionate: "I'm sorry, it sounds like you are having a bad day; is there anything I can do to help??"

Mediator: "Can we put all the cards on the table and come up with a win-win solution to end this antagonism??"

Team Player: "I'm sorry you don't seem to be getting along with ______, I have always found them to be hard working and accommodating."

Mentor: "I only want the best for you. Participating in bitchiness, backstabbing, gossip, etc. will not get it for you."

Confidante: "I know you must not realize how small-minded that action/comment makes you seem or you wouldn‘t continue to do it."

Interrogation: "Is that fact or opinion?? What is it based upon?? Are you helping solve the problem??"

Direct: "Bitchiness, backstabbing, gossip, etc. has no place in this work environment. Participation is grounds for termination.

GREAT Hub Barry!! Hope some of these ideas help!! Would LOVE to hear more!! Blessings, Earth Angel!!


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    peterfclark 6 years ago from North Vancouver

    Nice job of separating the person from the problem! Very well thought through approach to save face, and redirect people. Nicely done!

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    shahaf 6 years ago

    THANKS A MILLION FOR EVERYTHING!! Yes i'll keep you posted :)

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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Dearest Shahaf, Remember, No one, ever, under any circumstances deserves to be treated with disrespect! I'm glad some of my suggestions resonated with you!

    If Ms. Bully tries coming in your cabin, leave the door wide open, or better yet, step outside your cabin to hear what she has to say! I know it will seem awkward but do it anyway! You WANT people to hear loud and clear how you are being treated ~ and to see you are taking the high road!

    If Ms. Bully says anything in front of others about you, just say, "I only participate in TRUTHFUL conversations about WORK, please excuse me" and walk away!

    You are being forced into a situation where you may need to take a step forward in your defense! Not mean or retaliatory, a few well chosen soft spoken words will do!

    "We teach people how to treat us!" So if we remain completely silent, we are giving the okay!

    You might also choose to quote a famous non-violent spiritual leader like Gandhi or the Buddha or a figure you revere! That way, you take a non-violent stand that also lets others know your silence and lack of retaliation is by choice, not by weakness!

    Yes, please keep me posted! In the meantime I have lighted a candle in your honor for strength, clarity, wisdom and patience!

    Blessings Always, Earth Angel!

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    shahaf 6 years ago

    by cabin i meant a kind of a separate room and next to no voice goes in; even if he heard it it would have been mumbles because she wasn't loud enough for him to listen to it at least, maybe thats why he didn't bother. I just hope it gets out in the open for the director to really hear it too. I am on good terms with the staff but i was also worrying that they might take my silence for my being a bad person in it all, though i hope they don't. I am trying to muster my courage now to stand up for myself and say something of the above- yea i do like the tips you mentioned and also in the article....

    i was looking for online help concerning this issue and only got to find it here. THANKS A LOT FOR TAKING YOUR TIME OUT AND GIVING ME SUCH A GENUINE INPUT!!!!

    will post you about it next time something bad or good happens.

    My best Regards to you always!!! :)

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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Dearest Shahaf, Remember, "the darkness always follows the light!" Those of us who chose to take the high road always are the targets of a darker force we often cannot explain!

    I used to think, "what's wrong with me that I attract this degree of negativity; I didn't do anything to that person!"

    It took me years to learn, the brighter your light shines as a person, the MORE you will experience instances like this! PLEASE take it as validation that you are good and decent person and wish to cause no one any harm!

    Believe me, those around you SEE much more than you think/know! They know you are not participating in such nonsense and will develop the utmost respect for you ~ even if they can't express it YET!

    You may be right about not complaining to the non-confrontational Boss, as Ms. Bully will out herself before too long! Just be patient! I imagine with this outlandish behavior she will be gone before the month is ended!

    You have mentioned in both your comments "cabins??" Are you on a Cruise Ship or in a Retreat Center? Tight quarters can make things triple hard, but not impossible!

    No one, under any condition, EVER should be treated with disrespect! Nor humiliation! Nor embarrassment! Nor discomfort! In the U.S. the definition of stalking and harassment was expanded to include the words, "any behavior by one person that makes another person uncomfortable, especially at work!"

    I am so sorry that the only two females are not more bonded and that Ms. Bully has chosen to vent her misdirected anger/frustration on you! Sounds to me like a bit of jealousy on her part toward you! You are a natural target because you won't retaliate! (There are many of us, by the way! Join the sacred Sisterhood!)

    Come up with a standard pleasant saying/expression when she says these awful things! "That is inappropriate, I have work to do," and walk away! "I'm sorry you are having such a bad day, I hope things get better for you, I have work to do" and walk away! "Where I come from, those words are very disrespectful - I have work to do," and walk away! Or bolder, "I'm sorry, I just don't have the time to give you the attention you so desperately crave by those comments ~ I have work to do," and walk away! Whatever you come up with, be pleasant and end your short sentence with "I have work to do" and walk away!

    As an introvert yourself it is a bit challenging to deal with an extroverted bully! You need to come up with an automatic pleasant response that you use every time like a broken record!

    People in the office at the moment may not be saying anything in your defense, but believe me, they are thinking it! Just be pleasant, smile, do great work, don't participate or retaliate . . . And have faith that Ms. Bully will be gone before you know it!

    Does any of the above resonate with you??

    Please keep me posted! The more details I have, the more ideas I have to help!

    My heart and prayers are with you in the Nice-Person Sisterhood!

    Blessings Always, Earth Angel!

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    shahaf 6 years ago

    Thanks a lot! ur acknowledgement just got me emotional...

    well, the administration has tipped him already about the discomfort in the office in this case. He is the shy type and not the confrontational one to actually reveal this out unless he catches her in the act himself, in which case he will go against who he thinks is wrong in that moment, he doesn't encourage this though. He didn't hear her yesterday because his cabin's walls are such and she intentionally didn't yell but was loud enough for the rest of the staff to hear her out. There is no other girl here except me, but when she was new here she had the same tone with everyone in the office on different times and not me, and only after 2 to 3 weeks she turned against me and has been the bubbly one with everyone else ever since. i dont remember anything about what went wrong and she has been passing extremely -ve personal comments on me in front of everyone, whereas i am the introvert one but equally polite to the whole lot and don't really think complaining to the boss about it would be a good idea, because i may look dependent when it comes to handling office staff in such instances, not sure about this last opinion of mine right now..

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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Dearest Shahaf, I am so sorry you are having to put up with such inappropriate behavior by Ms. Bully in your office!? If she is so loud, do you think the Boss has already heard her? Does the Boss condone or encourage this kind of behavior as a "management style?" Does she treat everyone this way or just you? Let me know the answers to the above and I will do my very best to try and help work out a solution with you! In the meantime, always take the high road, don't stoop to her level, and don't take it personally! I'm on your side! Blessings always, Earth Angel!

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    sahaf 6 years ago

    forgot to tell... i was nice to her but one day she turned against me. no point asking her because all she does is bitch and scream whenever she sees me. also there is no other girl in my office branch.

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    shahaf 6 years ago

    hello, can u please help me here? theres this bitch in my office, she yells at me in front of everyone,junior or senior, in the absence of the Boss, even if its related to work. passes crazy personal remarks on me directly. i always get taken aback and also dont respond so that things dont get out of hand because her voice is at the top of her lungs, from her side they already are. yesterday she did the same thing but with comparatively lower voice because the boss was around but again passed pathetic comments to me in front of everyone, again i was taken aback and kept quiet(which i guess i shouldn't have)so that the boss doesn't come out from his cabin and see both of us arguing together, which might have put my situation at stake too.this time left me really depressed. what do i do?? PLEASE HELP!!!!

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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Blessings to you Serena!

    Me, too! I have never been "corporate" or "office" material! Way, way, way too much time is spent on gossip and backstabbing! To my way of thinking, it is at best awfully disrespectful and at worst, poison for the souls of the people and the company!

    So glad you dropped by! Thank you! I love the idea of spreading "false" information to see where it leads!

    Have a GREAT day! Blessings Always, Earth Angel!!

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    Serena Gabriel 6 years ago

    Good article! I worked in an office years and years ago - I just couldn't hack it, partly because I thought I was there to work and not participate in their daily social activities. It seems like if you don't go along with all the gossiping and back stabbing, you are marginalized in every way.

    A friend of mine who was the frequent subject of gossip said he just started giving everybody disinformation and that seemed to confuse the troublemakers and make them look foolish. If anyone asked him about his personal business, he would just make up something outrageous then later he'd act like it was a joke.


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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    You are more than right Anamika! Bitchiness, backstabbing and gossip are antithetical to the workplace! (It even happens in Church!) Glad you ignore it! Best just to walk away! Blessings to you for dropping by! Earth Angel!

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    Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Wonderful Hub! Bitchiness and backstabbing exists in most workplaces. I have always preferred to ignore it and not worry over it.

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    Earth Angel 7 years ago

    You are more than welcome denise mohan!

    So glad you enjoyed this Hub!

    Blessings to you and yours always, EarthAngel!

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    denise mohan 7 years ago from California

    And I thank you for so many choices:)

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    Earth Angel 7 years ago

    Blessings and Thanks to you Kenneth Ray!

    Glad you agree!! I've just seen time and time again where gossip, just tiny little negative comments without much thought, can turn a work place upside down!!

    What is "respectful workplace course?" Is it a program? A workshop? A seminar? What caused your work place to take such action?

    Thanks again for your wonderful comments!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!

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    Ken McGonigal 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, BC

    I like all your points. We recently had to take a respectful workplace course. I personally do not pass on gossip or as you say "give it legs". This is a great topic!

    Great hub! :)

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    Earth Angel 7 years ago

    Blessings to you VocalCoach!!

    Thank you for your positive and validating comments!! The stopping of all gossip must begin with each of us!!

    I also like your idea of saying something good about the person being gossiped about!! I wrote a Hub along those lines about how powerful compliments can be!!

    Thank you again!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    I have absolutely zero tolerance for gossip and or backstabbing. Such a waste of time. An unfair thing to do when the other person cannot fight back or defend themselves. I have found that one of the best ways to stop gossip is not to participate and in fact find something good to say about the person being gossiped about. Very good hub. Thanks. A fan.

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    Earth Angel 7 years ago

    Thanks Wendy!!

    Don't give gossip or backstabbing any energy!! Then it just dies a quick death on its' own!!

    Now if that just worked for the mold!!??

    Blessings to you and yours, Earth Angel!!

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    Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

    I agree. Don't give them any energy! Great Hub.

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    Journey2244 7 years ago

    I loved your article.

    I think sometimes people forget they are there to work and not get involved in other people's madness.

    It can be so stressful and draining.

    Good Job!

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    Audrevea 7 years ago

    This was a great find. I haven't read your hubs before - will have to read the rest.

    A lot of the fuel for office gossip is boredom and lack of control. People have to work side by side together in a confined environment and they don't get to choose the people they bring into the space.

    If people are genuinely aggravated by someone, I'll listen. The workplace can be a very aggravating place. Out and out bitchiness for its own sake is a different matter - and I agree, some people are addicted to it.

    I also find, the more oppressive the management style, the worse the gossiping and nastiness. It's like bullies in the playground; the kid who gets verbally abused at home is more likely to want to pass it on.

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    blackreign2012 7 years ago

    good hub and everything you said was totally on point. People should pay more attention to their own lives not only that the workplace is for work. You're not paid to gossip.

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    glorybeenow 8 years ago from Texas

    Very good post. You were right about people and being addicted to nasty behavior, especially gossip. Thanks for putting it all into perspective. Feeding the fire usually adds to it. God Bless you.

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    msannec 8 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

    Awesome hub! I hve experience pettiness more times than I care to remember in the workplace; the tips you have provided are excellent strategies. Thanks for sharing!

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    Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    Great hub! Thanks.

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    Marliza Gunter 8 years ago from South Africa

    Interesting...can i ask you a question...people who suffers from severe depression and emotional abuse...they tend to not forgive and let go...they cling to things said for can i handle them in the light of gossip, rude remarks and all that uve mentioned..ive tried everything...but every time i come out of the situation tired and my light switched off...

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    treasuresyw 8 years ago from Savannah, GA

    Though I work at home promoting my books and writing, I was very interested in reading your lens. You shed some awesome light. Thanks for sharing it. Peace

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    Earth Angel 8 years ago

    Dearest Old Crow!!

    Thank you for dropping by!! Absolutely the advice above can be applied to ex-roommates!! Current roommates!! Ex-friends!! Current friends!! It works on all levels!! With everyone!!

    Blessings to you and yours always, Earth Angel!!

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    Old Crow 8 years ago

    Great story and advice. Can this advice be applied to exroomates are your friends ?

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    Earth Angel 8 years ago

    Blessings and Namaste' to you reeltaulk!!

    Thank you for dropping by!! I assume you are being sarcastic with your comment above???

    My experience with gossip, back-stabbing, bitchiness is that 1) it does not fall within the definition of human interaction with compassion, and 2) it is toxic in any environment!!

    The Sufi's have Three Gates (Buddhist's Seven Gates) Before saying anything, ask the following three questions:

    1. Is it true?? Do you know through first hand experience that what you are about to say is factual?? Or, did it come through someone else?

    2. Is it kind?? Does the intention behind the sharing have a good, kind and whole motivation behind it?? Or, is it to make another person look back behind their back??

    3. Is it useful or necessary?? Is the information of such a nature that it is valuable, and without it, great harm might come?? Or, is it just idle conversation/gossip??

    Very rarely does anything that fails the first two questions, pass the third!!

    Thank you again for dropping by!! It is always good to hear from other Hubbers!!

    Isn't HubPages just the BEST community???

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    reeltaulk 8 years ago

    Oh wouldn't be the same it bitchiness and drama didn't play its role in the work place

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    chefaija 8 years ago

    My grandmother used to say watch what you say you can not take it back. Rumors are destructive Nice hub

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    chefaija 8 years ago

    My grandmother used to say watch what you say you can not take it back. Rumors are destructive Nice hub

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    strapani89 8 years ago

    i work in a portrait studio with ALL women. The gossip and teasing is ENDLESS. Bitchiness is apparently part of the job description. I guess that the Bitchiness and Gossip replaces the work ethic.

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    Earth Angel 8 years ago

    Thank you all for the wonderful comments!!

    If each one of us just does our part, by being a peacemaker, by not giving in to the temptation of gossip, by raising our awareness before the negative ball gets rolling, by not giving destructive energy anywhere to land in our circle, we can change the tide to a more positive direction for all our communications!!

    It makes no sense that we expect our world leaders to keep peace among nations, when we have a hard time keeping peace at work (or at home!!) (or worse, at Church!!)

    Thank you to each of you for stepping up and adding to the harmony of the world, once conflict at a time!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Erica Sanchez 8 years ago from California

    Thanks Earth Angel, I am actually in a situation at work where I name has been involved in some company politics and HR is now dealing with it it is funny how many woman can get so caught up in evil reports about others..... but thanks for the hub hit a spot with me because I can relate....

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    Michelle69 8 years ago

    I love this!!! You have achieved a non-opinionated article.I say this because you are quick to offer a solution, rather than add to the problem you are writing about. Refreshing.

    My thoughts? I am endlessly looking at others to act like this to me. Childhood wasn't kind and entry intoadulthood was no better. I was the focus of judgement throughout my life because I was an Exotic Dancer. Women crucified me and men showed me nothing but disrespect. I was educated and sincere, honest and loyal... but never treated with less than all you penned.

    I look at it now and feel sorry for those contemptuous and judgemental fools. They missed out on a lifelong friendship with a wonderful person.

    I teach my children and those younger than me to avoid feeling contempt by using much of your advice. It works.

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    DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

    Earth Angel,

    This is Wonderful and will help many! It is important to squash gossip. I was taught to never say anything that you won't own up to! Great Hub!


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    Earth Angel 8 years ago

    Thank you GlstngRosePetals for your encouraging comments!! They are very much appreciated!!

    I send you and yours warm blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    GlstngRosePetals 8 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

    I enjoyed your article and your right there is way to much drama in the work place, to much gossip.. I've always learned what you don't want spread about your personal life than keep it to your self because if you don't everyone knows your business..

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    Earth Angel 8 years ago

    Thank you Grace 7 for the nice compliments!!

    I am enjoying your two new Hubs as well!! Please let me know if I can be of service to you in any way!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    By Grace 7 8 years ago

    What a great hub full of lots of information, good advice and very useful. I will be back for more

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    treewitch 8 years ago from New Zealand

    Great advice 'Earth Angel'..hmmm food for thought..I will go to work on Monday with new thought processes and see what transpires :)

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    Earth Angel 9 years ago

    Thank you for your comment Ms.Chievous!! GREAT name!!

    Ironic that you would comment today!!?? I just returned from lunch where it was the topic of conversation!! I friend of mine is a physician and has "hooked up" with another friend who is a nurse!!

    Integrity is the cornerstone of all decisions/actions/options I consider!! "Character is character" both in the workplace and behind closed doors!! Character, by its very definition, does not include backstabbing, rudeness or lack of professionalism!!

    I send you blessings and light to be protected from the unfairness of so many workplaces!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Tina 9 years ago from Wv

    Good Hub and Advice. Hosptial settings are the WORST for unprofessionalism. You would think the opposite with all the " professional "people who work there. Eh go figure. I go by the motto treat others as you want ot be treated....

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    Earth Angel 9 years ago

    Thank you AEvans!!

    I so appreciate your positive comments!! I hope some of the suggestions help!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

    Hi Earth Angel, I can stand negativity and back stabbing I am certainly happy that I cam across this article!!

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    Earth Angel 9 years ago

    Thank you LiveLonger!!

    Your compliments mean a lot to me as I admire your writing very much!!

    Yes, there are many ways to handle the same set of circumstances depending upon your temperament!! It is good for all of us to learn many different conflict resolution skills, not just one!

    "When your only skill in life is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail!!

    The more tools we have, the more successful we become at solving life's issues!!

    Thanks LiveLonger!! I always look forward to your comments!

    Blessings to live longer!! Earth Angel!!

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    Earth Angel 9 years ago

    Blessing to you too, Adrienne2!!

    When we come from a place of genuine love, there is no reason to sugarcoat anything!! (Although I will swallow  just about anything dipped in chocolate!!)

    I believe the term, "sugarcoating," comes in part from "having to swallow a bitter pill!!" Although sometimes uncomfortable to approach a person acting in a toxic fashion, if handled with a sincere heart, there is no need for bitterness!!

    Yes, "easier said than done!!"

    Thanks for the loving comments!!

    Blessings to you Adrienne2!! Earth Angel!!

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    Earth Angel 9 years ago

    Thank you Marisue for your comments!! They are much appreciated!!

    "There are some people too gentle to live among wolves" (modified from Shakespere) is true for many of us!!

    I think much of the movement to work from home, from our computers, is due in part to the need to eliminate being contaminated by toxic environments!!

    We need to be kinder to ourselves, loved-ones, co-workers, neighbors, animals and the environment!

    Thanks again for your compliments!!

    Blessings to you!! Earth Angel!!

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    Adrienne F Manson 9 years ago from Atlanta

    this hub needs a pin stuck in, you certainly put it on the line straight and center with no sugarcoating..Love the title of the hub that is what got my attention. I said wow someone is telling it like it really is.

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    Jason Menayan 9 years ago from San Francisco

    Love that you gave so many options, depending on the circumstances and your particular temperament. Great hub!

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    marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

    Love the "don't give it legs" comment...very nice hub and wise suggestions on getting along with others, an art sorely lacking in the workplace and life in general. Compliments gain much more ground....when they're sincere. You are very good at that earth angel!!

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    Judy Cullins 9 years ago from La Mesa, CA

    Hi Earth Angel,

    Am I a non techie or what? I needed to put only 3 w's. Here it is again. I hope you'll visit me.

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    Earth Angel 9 years ago

    Hi Judy!!

    Thanks for the compliments!! And I am glad you are no longer in an office of negativity but surrounded by the positive energy of nature!! Thank you for sharing!!

    FYI: I checked your link about book coaching but it just gave me a long list of Google pages!!

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    Judy Cullins 9 years ago from La Mesa, CA

    Dear Earth Angel,

    This hub spoke to me. Great advice and one more idea I used to use-Send out a loving thought to the problem child. That compassion can pay off.

    Also glad I'm out of that kind of office and watching the birds outside my office in San Diego (LaMesa)


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    Earth Angel 10 years ago


    I am so pleased for you!! I hope this mining company knows how fortunate they are to have you!!

    Yes, one of the best ways to protect yourself from the negative stuff is to do your job well, honestly and EXPECT to be treated fairly!! Do not settle for anything less!!

    I just am very open with everyone around me that I, and my home and office and car, etc. are all "gossip free zones" without exception!!

    Keep breathing that "fresh air" you mentioned and your example will go a long way to spreading good will in the workplace!!

    Go Lissie!! Keep up posted!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Elisabeth Sowerbutts 10 years ago from New Zealand

    Having worked for the last 10+ years in Educations and Government roles which for lack of a better term had a female dominated ethos - >50% women but also a so-called culture of sharing, inclusiveness etc. Now I am back in the mining industry -although numerically females are in the majority in the company it's a male orientated: lets get the job done and not worry too mcuh about the PC stuff- its like a breath of fresh air - I feel "safer" than I have for years - maybe Im wrong, its too soon to tell for sure but I feel like if I do my job and do it honestly I will be treated fairly.

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago

    Thank you so much Lauren Romano!! I agree with you fully!!

    My computer has been down for over 2 weeks so I apologize for the delay in responding!!

    Blessings to you and all of us who rise above the fray!! Earth Angel!!

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    Lauren Romano 10 years ago

    This is one of the reasons I prefer to work at home- I have no tolerance for work place bitchiness. Great hub!

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago

    Peaceful dreams Ripplemaker . . . I am sure you did the right thing . . . So many people are having to deal with this very same issue right now . . . I can only imagine it is a reflection of the times . . . Which makes it even more critical for those of us who stand for truth and honesty and integrity and all words being sacred to remain firm in our positive convictions to do no harm . . . Sweet dreams gentle soul . . . Blessings, Earth Angel . . .

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    Michelle Simtoco 10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    I had to deal with several people today who were spreading "stories"...thanks for the insights. I'm glad I know I did the right thing. :-) Now I can peacefully sleep.

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago

    Dearest JazLive!!

    Thank you so much for your insightful comments!!

    I'm with you!! Those of us who aspire to excellence in our performance and our code of conduct are being worn down by the huge number of those in the workplace that just don't care!!

    It distresses me even more that our Veterans often receive a double-dose of unprofessionalism in return for their faithful service!!

    Speaking out is a good first step!! Resigning with written reasons bespeaks of your strong character!! Shedding light on areas of darkness and secrecy, as well as living by example, are GREAT steps!! One by one we can turn this tide around!!

    Thank you again for your comments!! I am sorry for what you had to go through!! I am confident there are many people along the way whose lives you touched in profoundly positive ways!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    JazLive 10 years ago from Decatur


    I wish I had known you just four years earlier, I am an alumnus of the Veterans Affairs Leadership Development - 2002. In December 2004, I resigned from the hospital [after 17 consecutive years] and the #1 reason was "unprofessionalism in the workplace, garnished with mananagement bulling"

    In 1987, my 1st position was in the Chief Nurses' Office (located in the executive wing of the station) - "exit comment - MANY visitors should have rented a room" - yes there were several sex scandels/I was ashamed I was employed in the same building

    1989 - promoted to Sterile Processing and Distributions section as the Lead Timekeeper; Fund Control Official and back-up to the Lead Medical Supply Technician (I volunteered to become certified along with the other Medical Supply Techs) - this was the best position in the 17 years

    1992, was selected for another promotion in Fiscal Services in the Accounting Dept but was lateraled to a Teller position (the lead person "agent cashier" was not qualified ----- no bookeeping, accounting nor any other basic clerical skills essential to the position -- prior experience of the lead person was "drill sergent and bank (security) escort [no weapon] ---- not to bragg, I earned "Teller Certification from Lincoln National Bank in PA back in 1982 - this douped me from the promotion to prop up office operations with an "unskilled lead person"

    1992 - 2004 STRESSED to the MAX!!!!!!

    It is a challenge to be a "work-a-holic" in the mist of "slackers" -- I am a Veteran too [squad leader in basic]

    During the "leadership training" one of my assignments was to research training material for supervisors (which also includes management) in the arena of subordinate-relations --- I would have been elated to sit in a proposal meeting with you and MANIAC-ment ;)

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago

    Dearest Cleanclover!! Thanks for coming "clean" and sharing your story!! I am delighted you hear that you are a "bully no more!!" Since embarking upon my own path to Grace many, many years ago, I feel much stronger, much more confident and much more powerful . . . just in a different way!! Blessings on your change of heart!! Thank you for your comments!! Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    Cleanclover 10 years ago from Piece of land!

    Actually I was a bully in work place! but now I have become spiritual with the grace of God. I am now on the path of enlightenment. These mind games should not bother us anymore.

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago

    Thanks again Lissie for sharing your story!! It helps everyone else reading out there to know that they are not alone!!

    Sometimes we try sooooooooo hard, and it doesn't work out, so we try even harder, and it gets worse, so we try harder!! When all along it is the getting better and better at our job that is making it worse!!

    It is good to recognize the dynamic and move on!! You have gifts to share with the world; there is no sense hiding them under someone else's bushel!!

    Blessings to you and yours!! Earth Angel!!

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago

    Thank you for your comments Princessa!!

    You are right, it can happen anywhere, not just the workplace!! The Gym!! The Homeowner's Association!! And sadly, yes, within families!!

    I have kept a "Gossip Free Zone" around me for over 20 years!! I don't participate in gossip and no one does it in my home or in my presence!! It's amazing how many people can not go 5 minutes without tearing someone else down!!

    When someone starts I just nicely say, "Gee, that is beginning to sound like gossip to me??" And generally we will all laugh and it will stop!! If I need to be firmer I will say something like, "Gee, what category of bringing love, joy and peace into the world do those comments fall into??" Firmer still, "I'm sorry, I love you dearly, but one more of those gossiping comments and I am going to have to ask you to leave!!" (Or, if I am somewhere, I will leave!!)

    Actually I have lost several "friendships" because I wouldn't budge on my policy!!

    Thanks again Princessa for your thoughts and comments!! Blessings to you and yours!! Earth Angel!!

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    Elisabeth Sowerbutts 10 years ago from New Zealand

    Thanks Earth Angel - you are so write the person invovled had been a woman in man's world - I think she thought being bitch was being strong - and yes I think wshe found me threatening - but it took me years to realise that! And yes I am glad I moved on out of the organisation!

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

    Thanks for the great advice. Very smart answers.

    I do not have to cope with bitchines and backstabbing in the workplace as I am independent but I find that it can happen anywhere. Sometimes people that you thought were your friends or even family members are the first ones in spreading gossip and backstabbing you.

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago

    Good Morning Dearest Patty!!

    Me, too!! And I do work alone in the dark for many, many hours a day!! Not in a closet, I am blessed with a lovely office/art studio, but in the dark with soft meditation music and my fur-family of four at my feet!!

    Maybe that is why I am a publisher/author/artist/life skills coach!! Sooooooooo much of what passes today as normal human behavior drives me up the wall!!

    Here's to all of us shedding light in the world by sitting in the dark!!

    Blessings to you and your wonderful contributions, Patty!!

    Earth Angel!!

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago


    I can't imagine anyone trying to bully you!! Alas, yes I can, it happens to the best of us!!

    Unfortunately, in the early 1980s, the "pop" management style was "Winning Through Intimidation!!" aka: Bullying!! Many managers kept it going long after it fell out of fashion and effectiveness!!

    One of the only reasons a Mentor would turn on you is because you were doing so well she felt her own position was threatened!!

    Often, the Wild Divine will nudge us in directions that are more suited to our callings in life!! Sometimes that nudge comes in the form of betrayal by false friends!! Aren't you glad you are not there any longer??

    Thanks again for your unique and humorous insights!!

    Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago

    Thanks Zsuzsy!!

    I've been there many, many times!! Sorry it ended with you being the bad guy!! When these things happen, my initial reaction is to withdraw and not be so eager to help the underdog next time!! Alas, I am just not hardwired that way!!

    Over the years I have found that standing up for what is right and just and full of integrity does in fact have positive benefits in the world!! We just can't always see them right away!!

    Keep doing good!! Keep standing up!! Karma is on your side!!

    Thanks for the wonderful comments Zsuzsy!! Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    When I saw the first "Survior" on TV, i said - Oh My God, that's just like work!

    Now you know why I want to write in a dark closet by myself. LOL

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago

    Dearest Mr. Omar-Kenny!!

    Your stock is tops in my market!! I just LOVE that new photo of you!! Let your teen son know how fortunate he is to have you as a loving father!!

    Yes, for those of us who loathe work place politics, working from a home/office is a fantastic solution!!

    Blessings to you and your family Mr. Shariff!! Earth Angel!!

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    Elisabeth Sowerbutts 10 years ago from New Zealand

    Good hub - bitchness and backtabbing was why I am hoping never to work in my profession again. I was the target of by my supposed mentor, and I thought friend, who I guess in the end reverted to form. It's a pretty devastating thing to happen, I believe it's called Workplace Bullying and pretty much put me off the corporate world for life - in fact it wasn't even a corporation it was so-called Educational Institution - in the end I was right and she left but I had long gone by then and I bet she still doesn't realise what she did!

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    Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    E.A. Great HUB! I always end up in trouble because I stick up for the 'underdog', the person who can't or won't guard themselves against the 'cruel ones'. The last such incident ended up, both turning on me. Since then I've tried to keep my nose out of it.

    good info Angel

    regards Zsuzsy

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    Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

    Same here, Earth Angel! I'm the only ONE! (I meant the time when I went to work. And I still visit them sometimes.)

    You made my stock go up in my teen son's market by calling me Omar Shariff, because he likes the guy after seeing McKenna's Gold. You know how difficult it is to get any respect from your teens! Thank you for that bonus!

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago

    Thank you Kenny Shariff for the nice compliment!! I thought you worked from your home office like me?? Office politics drive me up the wall!! I solved the problem by being the only one in the office!! ;-) Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

    You are a wise angel! You gave us logical, impartial views and tips. Next time, I'll check my self before reacting; office politics usually make me mad!

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    Earth Angel 10 years ago

    Thank you teeray for the wonderful comments!! I am delighted I was able to provide a few options for difficult situations!! I will keep good and warm thoughts that what ever circumstances need solution to come gently and easily for you!! Keep writing!! Blessings Always, Earth Angel!!

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    teeray 10 years ago from Canada

    Earth Angel - I think that one of the most IMPORTANT of your statements is, "Without verbally setting the record straight at that moment, silence is often taken for complicity."

    I think that you have offered some very good statements to use against bitchiness and backstabbing, manipulative and difficult people that might be encounted in the workplace (or anywhere, for that matter!). I'm going to use those statements like a 'script,' and tailor them for my own situation, so that I have some good statements on hand the next time I need them.

    Thank you for writing this hub. It has been very helpful for me to view some effective looking statements in light of all the gossip, backstab-talk and negative stuff I hear almost everywhere.

    Great hub!

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    Barry Rutherford 10 years ago from Queensland Australia

    GREAT reponse. |In fact Brilliant thanks !