I asked my friend if he worked with a good team of people and he said, "No, there is lots of back stabbing." I knew exactly what he meant. Is it in every work place? The place I work with now doesn't stab with knives but there is lots of poking with forks.
I had a new job about eight years ago and I was so happy to work with a team of people who had been there a long time. "How bad could it be if these people have hung in there for so many years?" I thought. I mentioned this to my new boss.
"There is lots of back stabbing around here." he said. Those words were so true and after the two years I worked for that place I knew exactly what he meant. Back scratching and stabbing were rampant. The ones who survived knew how to scratch each other's back and if you weren't a back scratcher you got stabbed. I got stabbed.
It is very subtle the way people jockey for position in a job situation. I did not like the controling nature of the big boss and she did not appreciate the work I did for her. So she proceeded to weed me out. I saw that the back scratchers looked the other way while she and a few others waited for any opportunity to stab me. They got me good at the end but I quit before they could fire me. I think that is what the back stabbers ultimately want.
Brutal. It is a shark infested world out there and I pity people who have to go swim amongst them every day. I think most people find a quiet little pool where they can float out of sight from the back stabbers. But everyone at a job knows they are there and they know their power. If you don't watch out you can become one of them before you know it.