I think y'all are already aware that some of the bloom is off the rose over at Eclecstasy. It's not Eclecstasy's fault though, and is less a case of the Bitter Bitch Brigade and more a case of one particular co-worker being awful to me and inciting discord among others by lying to them about various things, deliberately sabotaging my work, repeatedly lying to Management about me, and generally making my life miserable in ways I won't go into on here but they are NOT COOL. Not only has this person been behind every instance of drama in the workplace I've mentioned on here, but recently it's really crossed a line, and I've been pretty unhappy. This is, after all, someone who's been working at Eclecstasy for years, who, while they aren't ACTUALLY in a position of any real authority, gives that impression, and I've only been working there a few months.
Monday, though, a Hannukah-eve miracle occurred. Another senior employee approached me and said "y'know what, I like you," out of the blue. "I...thank you?" I said, confused. "What I mean is, you're a nice person and a good employee. I don't understand what Crazy Co-worker's issue with you is, but I feel like it's to the point where Management needs to step in, and with your permission I'd like to speak with them about it. Nobody deserves to be treated that way, and you've handled it with class, but this isn't going away."
I...had something in my eye for a minute there. Not only was it nice to have the validation (someone else sees it! It's totally not okay!), but I was also really touched that someone was willing to stand up for me. I haven't had a lot of that in my life, and it always kind of shocks me when someone does that, in the very best of ways, of course.
Naturally that very same day Crazy Coworker took their behavior to a new level (I have been asked to keep the exact events to myself, and will honor that even though this is a pseudonymous blog, but it was BAD), and I ended up on the verge of tears by the end of the shift. A sympathetic co-worker took me aside and was trying to give me a pep-talk, when along came Crazy Coworker and got in my face, and the next thing I knew I was in the office bawling all over a horrified manager (who has previously been known on here as Nasty Manager, but I think they were just having a bad day the day I named them that--they've actually been pretty cool since then, so we'll just call them a manager) who had called me in to tell me they were going to Do Something about Crazy Coworker. Management hadn't been aware of how bad things had gotten, and was already planning to take some kind of action, but after I told them the full extent of things asked me to provide a written statement. When I handed that in today the person who handles HR said "don't spread it around, but between me and you your co-workers really have your back on this. NUMEROUS people have come in and given statements denouncing Crazy Coworker's behavior toward you, and it will NOT continue."
When I left work today, the managers were having a meeting behind closed doors, and I am off tomorrow (which is good because I'm still sick as hell). So I don't know the outcome yet, but that is why I have been so quiet lately, and hopefully things are about to get better.