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Rallied office allies don't back you up

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in Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Office Management,Workplace Communication

Q. In a meeting with all 120 of our employees, I complained about our poor working conditions. The CEO seemed concerned. But then a few of my co-workers got up to contradict me, claiming everything was fine. They had previously assured me that they agreed with me. Now I look like a negative whiner. What should I do?

A. Compose a short memo to the CEO explaining your views. Make constructive proposals. If possible, show how they would add to the bottom line. Send a copy of this to your boss.

In terms of the co-workers who betrayed you, keep your guard up. But don’t retaliate, which can damage your reputation.

Above all, learn this lesson: Never complain in a public forum unless you decide it’s the best way to rally the troops and enact change. It’s almost always better to work behind closed doors to gain support for your ideas.

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