At first, I didn't understand what was going on. I just couldn't stop crying.
It was a mean verbal attack from more than one man in a position of power, men I knew were not big fans of me because who's a fan of the person who keeps telling them what to do and how they're doing it wrong? I made one mistake, and little did I know they were waiting to pounce.
I'm not the nicest, but I'm not mean or rude. I make an effort to be pleasant. And I just want to get the job done. I'm guessing that didn't suit them much. My job is to remind them constantly every week of the exact same tasks they did the week before, give or take a thing or two. I ask once, I ask twice, I keep asking until the job is done and they're rarely on time. I think it only happened once that they submitted their work on time, I had to write a celebratory message thanking them for doing their job.
I try my best to remain neutral towards the people I work with. I don't love them, I don't hate them. They possess a number of qualities that I have to deal with, but I'm not emotionally inclined towards any of this. Apparently though, they are. And they aren't happy.
I'd really like to take a moment to think about how this reflects on them, but I really just want to stop thinking about it. How out proportion and downright mean their reaction was. I might as well just stop trying to be pleasant.