Drama in the Workplace

Today I spoke with a client who is returning for an update to her resume. A Marketing Specialist, her new job, a mere months old, is proving to be a nightmare.

This happens more than you might think, and you may be surprised to know that my client is in good company. Here's what I mean by that: I can recall a few Human Resource clients - a Manager and one at the V.P. level - who had been promised the moon and given the dregs. High level strategy turned into staff recruitment drudgery, and the manager title was really a cover for a subservient role. And this happened to savvy Human Resource experts!

Today's client found herself in a hotbed of discontent in a small office of five staff. It seems that the General Manager had ousted inherited staff and brought in her friends. She met her match with one existing staffer who managed to document unsavoury activities, which he strategically communicated to the GM, rendering him untouchable. And, as you might expect, there are hints of other unethical activities.


My client is wise to know that it's time to cut her losses and move on before her health and her career future suffer. Sometimes the best move is to bail quickly. It's unfortunate, but not all situations are salvagable, fixable, or worth sticking it out.

After updating her resume we'll work on her response to interview questions about why the quick switch. Tough issues, admittedly. But not insurmountable! Working to your career success, Stephanie