A typical office consists of a wide variety of employees coming from different backgrounds and cultures all assembled together in one cubical space with the work they do being the only common thread which creates the semblance of a bond between them. A place where friendly and homely relations can develop it is a place where people are required to maintain cordial relations out of compulsion so anger and emotional outbursts are a rarity yet jealousy and rivalry tend to seep in even in the most educated who begin to act childish. Such an animosity sprung up between Sadaf and Tanisha who were colleagues at a similar post in a management firm. It all started one meeting when their manager announced that this summer they would be launching a new project which would have a big scope for learning and came with a significant bonus. The most appealing factor was that instead of it being a team effort the responsibility for this project would be given to one person who would be free to work solo or create a team to support him or her. As the meeting ended the manager said, “This is a new opportunity for all of you to showcase your capabilities. In order for me to decide who to hand over the project to you all need to submit proposals outlining your approach and innovation.” After the meeting, the manager called aside Sadaf and Tanisha and said, “You two are my most promising employees. I know you will come up with something brilliant.”
Both the girls were determined to put their best foot forward and thus worked hard. They soon realized that the real competition was among the two of them. Thus the complacent work environment between them soon diminished. They started to keep secrets from each other. Coworkers took the opportunity to spread rumours to one girl about the other. Overpowered by jealousy and a strong desire to defeat the other there were no cordial relations left between them. There were no more offers to help in when work got a lot to handle nor was their polite hellos in the hallway. In the difficult time leading up to submitting their proposals both Sadaf and Tanisha wanted to bounce ideas off and share their concerns. They had a common friend Samir who was also part of the team but was a neutral person and close to them.
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Was speaking to Samir a good idea?