This is a new situation for me so I'd love some thoughts. I don't want to write an essay but happy to provide more info if needed.
How do I manage the fact that everyone I work with (and with whom I have long established friendships beyond work relationships) really dislikes our new boss and I don't? More than that, there are constant snide comments, some I think are unfair, and they have decided to see everything she does negatively. Sometimes it's fair, others not.
I want to be supportive but I don't like to just sit by when people are being unfair about others. I feel tense around one person in particular. In the past she's been amazingly supportive to me. I feel like she doesn't want anything but for me to dislike the boss too. She doesn't want my opinion or perspective, that's for certain. I just want them both to come to blows, sort their crap out and clear the air perhaps.
I feel like the other teachers think I'm like the 'pet'. I don't think I am. I feel caught in the middle. I can understand some things the teachers don't like but they haven't spoken up and tried to talk about it. They're intimidated by the principal. I'm not for some reason. I actually get her. But then I worry that I'm missing something if everyone else doesn't.
I'm a mediator by nature and really struggling with this all. On the one hand they're adults and can figure their own stuff out. On the other, well, it's annoying me and is affecting me at work.
Do I just put my head down and keep out of it all?