Outsiders aren't important

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Jun 04, 2006

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

"Oh don't worry about them, it's not important that they come to the team meeting, they're outsiders." It was a joke, and everyone laughed, but the best humour is in the truth or a parody of the truth isn't it? This 'joke' really hit home as a visitor in this office on short term secondment. It wasn't personal, but it tells you about the collective mindset. Actually, it was vindication of a criticism of the team and office I've already levelled, but which was strongly denied at the time. A team works or fails as a whole, but this discriminatory mindset is a new approach for me. Why should a short term visitor be any less respected or valued? This is professional and not personal, but it's hard to be professionally positive or to find the desire to contribute if you're the outsider here and get treated as such. Maybe I'm being over sensitive, or maybe the work environment just sucks. You decide, but I know what I think.

I'm not going to get all liberal namby pamby PC and complain, take out law suits and the like, but I can feel the chip growing on my shoulder. That said and more importantly, I like to crack sarcastic jokes and use ironic humour, but they can really crack home and stick under the ribs of someone feeling a bit sensitive. From this experience, I'll just have to remind myself and everyone else of the same ilk to be a little bit careful.
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