Thursday, August 18, 2011

Random Thoughts about Drama

I'm not going to get into the details, but I do have some thoughts.

I think a lot of drama is caused by miscommunication or lack of communication.  Different communications styles and different personalities just don't mix as well sometimes, I guess.

You get your people who are all about confrontation and you get your people who avoid confrontation like the plague.  Sometimes those two combine, and they get to teach each other something.  Sometimes confrontation meets confrontation and avoiding meets avoiding.  Sometimes they learn, too.  Sometimes they explode.

I think a lot of drama is caused by inconsistency.  Inconsistency just means that there's a lot of instability in certain aspects.  Instability can make people nervous and feel unsafe.

Some folks can adapt and be flexible.  But sometimes needing to be on your toes all the time will make you walk on eggshells all the time.

Now those are just my thoughts about general drama.  Work drama is a different story altogether.

It's always interesting to see what the culture is at different work places. 

Are people super friendly if you're new?  Or are they kind of stand-offish and keep to their already formed groups?  Are you given a tour of your work place?  Or are you still uncertain about policies and procedures?  Are the staff sharing responsibilities?  Or are some people being taken advantage of or not pushing their weight?

How do those qualities play into the drama? Then when you include the different styles of communication, see where I'm going.

Sometimes, people aren't aware of the weight that they carry.  Be it with a supervisor or be it with other staff.  Some people happen to carry the power, and not necessarily the role of supervisor or boss.  This isn't necessarily a negative thing, however, since most people will use their power to ensure a positive working environment.

At least, I would hope so.

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