In working with clients struggling with depression I often find that the work environment provides a lot of distress and discontent. I've not been exempt from these influences myself and always find the strategies of management to be somewhat curious.
One employee is the boss' pet. They come in late, leave early, do not perform their job duties, have their work assigned to or covered by other people and spend the rest of their day surfing the internet or making personal calls. Other employees get reprimanded for doing all of these things. Yet this person gets away with it.
I hear this complaint a lot with other colleagues and with clients. How do you deal with it?
In his book, "Games People Play", Dr. Eric Berne describes the game of "Let's You and Him Fight". I see this game played out all the time in office politics. Let's say "Joe" is upset about something that has happened in the office, usually something done by the boss or someone in a position above him. He goes to his colleagues, Sam and Maria, to vent his frustration and to ask for advice. What does he get? Sympathy, for sure. What advice may Sam and Maria provide? "You should file a grievance." "You should go have it out with the person." "You should confront them about that." "You need to stand up for yourself." But is this really the best advice?