My daughter came over the other night somewhat distraught because of various e-mails flying back and forth between union members and the brass in the organization she works for. The "combatants" had copied every employee - and the e-mails truly were not only disgusting, disheartening, and demoralizing but also exceptionally unprofessional. My daughter tries to do her work and keep her nose clean, but it is hard to remain aloof when the whole place is buzzing.
I was reminded of one of the passages in the Bible that I have always felt was a lot more down to the level of each individual than the Ten Commandments. It's from Proverbs 6:16-19.
There are six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
I suggested that my daughter delete the e-mails without reading them and remove herself from where gossip is being spoken. Keep her thoughts to herself and continue doing the best job she can. I told her she simply had to choose to rise above it because unfortunately it isn’t going to go away.
Her life has way too much drama in it anyway without all this negatively swirling around her in the workplace. And it's her choice as to how to comport herself through it.