What does that have to do with me?
I personally didn't know what was going on until she sat in the long table and said "Someone from our office complained about the toga." Nobody knows who that someone was but she have an idea, plus it really doesn't concern me so after listening to her, I went back doing my own business without a word.
The next morning, everything seemed fine, but after I got back from class, C1 was really angry, her blood pressure went up, so my other colleague, C2, told her to take half the day off to rest. Before she leaves, she said "It's difficult to talk to the people in the office because there's a traitor.".
Okay... Now that coming from her is alarming.
So here's the drama.
C2 went to the office of the Vice President to talk it through. Basically, the VP told C1 that someone from our office complained and he can't name that person. Which is a lot more frustrating for C1. The people in the office, particularly the program heads, showed their concern regarding the kind of environment it may create for everyone. Instead of having lunch, we all went to the VP's office to clarify the matter.
And he said "I told her (C1) that intentionally."
His purpose was clear. He wanted to make C1 aware that what she's doing is wrong to the point that even her colleagues within the same office is complaining about it.
He believes that what the complainant did was correct. He even threw a question at us asking if we're aware that what C1's doing is wrong. The answer, of course, is yes. He even said "Then how come no one is correcting her?"
Why is he questioning us? We are merely employees who rank at the bottom of the organization's chart and he wants us to correct the decision he, the Vice President of the Institution, made last year?
What am I talking about?
He was the head of the Graduation Committee last year and even this year too. He allowed her to do business inside this institution which shouldn't have.
Some people in the office feels like they're walking on thin ice. Everyone thought that what happens inside the office stays in the office, but apparently, it doesn't. Some, on the other hand, feels like the VP is just making it up to shut C1 down and save his own ass
He's trying to correct her without realizing he's compromising the trust everyone in the same department has for each other, only to cover up for the past decision that the complainant from our office (as he claimed) find incorrect.
It could be true. People in the office are capable of doing it and pretend like it never happened. But the person who did it must be really close to the VP and confident enough that he will not drop his name off. I mean, C1 isn't just anybody to fight with in the first place.
The environment pretty much did not change, at least for me. When you're a little cub inside a lion's den, you gotta keep your guard up and be careful anyway. Something I always keep in mind.
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