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    Default Office environments – are they the most miserable workplace?!

    I’ve just returned to my office job after 4 months maternity leave, and although I HATE that I need to work and I would LOVE to be off for 1 year, I’d be perfectly fine returning to a job where I could go in and do my work and get paid for it.

    But I’ve returned to a completely miserable workplace. I didn’t feel it was before my leave but it’s certainly that way now.

    On the first day back a co worker said something to me about them not really wanting me to come back, and I stewed on that longer than I should have before deciding to treat it as just a job with suitable hours and pay.

    But now 3 weeks in and putting up with the office politics I’m completely hating it. Most of all resenting having to walk out the door each day for time away from my baby to be treated like crap.

    What is it about Office environments that you can feel tension heavy in the air? (Especially small family business)
    My main skillset is in Admin, but I’ve walked away several times over the years just to be out of an office (to be a cleaner and to work in age care and I have loved those environments but the work was hard and not as suitable for babymaking)

    Does anybody work in a good office environment? Does anybody else have similiar tales of despair to make me feel better? lol

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    i work in a small office and love it. i went back after 6 months on mat leave and was glad to get back into it. personally i felt bored and stifled sitting at home, i don't know how people do it tbh.

    sounds like you're hating being treated badly, which is totally understandable. why don't you look around for a new job?

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    I'm afraid that's probably what I'll have to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by happy444 View Post
    I’ve just returned to my office job after 4 months maternity leave, and although I HATE that I need to work and I would LOVE to be off for 1 year, I’d be perfectly fine returning to a job where I could go in and do my work and get paid for it.

    But I’ve returned to a completely miserable workplace. I didn’t feel it was before my leave but it’s certainly that way now.

    On the first day back a co worker said something to me about them not really wanting me to come back, and I stewed on that longer than I should have before deciding to treat it as just a job with suitable hours and pay.

    But now 3 weeks in and putting up with the office politics I’m completely hating it. Most of all resenting having to walk out the door each day for time away from my baby to be treated like crap.

    What is it about Office environments that you can feel tension heavy in the air? (Especially small family business)
    My main skillset is in Admin, but I’ve walked away several times over the years just to be out of an office (to be a cleaner and to work in age care and I have loved those environments but the work was hard and not as suitable for babymaking)

    Does anybody work in a good office environment? Does anybody else have similiar tales of despair to make me feel better? lol
    Wow, did this person say they didn't want you to come back?! Nasty person!

    Sounds like a horrible place. I would definitely look around for something else.

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    Oops I meant "they" as in my office manager said it (and therefore what I assumed was the feeling of the whole family) Which is worse though right lol Your manager pretty much gossiping behind your back.

    But the reason I mostly dismissed it was because I asked other co workers at lunch about it and they said this co worker was a trouble maker. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.

    So that's when I decided to just man up. But my manager has also been talking to me like crap which makes for a crappy time at work (esp when I'm sensitive right now and wanting to be with my baby)

    I kinda can't be bothered learning an entire new role though, and the hours are sooo good and it's close to home. Ugh! Decisions

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    I work in an office and love it. I work for a specialist so there's myself and another girl out the front, our office manager, a phlebotomist, three nurses (IVF) and the doctor. It is awesome. We all get along really well. Of course there's the occasional snarky moment but 99% of the time, it's awesome.

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    For me the best office working environment was when it was mainly men as they didnt ***** and gossip like some nasty women I have worked with.
    And the other one when we were all similar ages and our kids were similar ages so we were over the office drama and just came in for adult interaction then left to go back to our bubbas.

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    my office is 2 guys (both older than myself) and me. no politics, no b.tching, we just all get along and chat and do our work then go home. it's great.

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    My office rocks!

    There's no real politics where I work. Everyone has different roles/specialties so no two people do the same work.

    We have friendly banter and jokes. I work with my dad and we have the same sense of humour, so there's lots of laughs.

    There's only 10 of us and only one other female. Most of the staff are over 50 years old.

    I've worked in other offices that don't have a great vibe (the worst was working for a married couple in a small workplace), so I do get that it can be a miserable environment depending on the people.

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    I am only recently back after maternity leave. The culture seems to be a bit better than previously.

    I think once the negative culture/attitudes/behaviour starts then it is hard to get rid of. I am sorry that yoi are not happy where you are. There are places where it is not this way.

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