My boss was an extremely abusive, unkind, and unfriendly person who rarely gave me the respect I deserved. I knew I could never trust her with the legal matters in the firm. So, I took the opportunity to find a new office for myself, only to find that my new office was one that was hostile to me.
My new office was in a building that I had never been in before. It was a dark, dirty, and scary place that I had a hard time even finding the light switches. It was literally a hostile work environment where I would have to deal with people who were less than respectful in all aspects of the business.
As a lawyer, you do not have to be nice to people. But, as a lawyer, you can’t just ignore a hostile work environment. The only way to deal with a hostile work environment is to not allow it to continue.
The hostile work environment in the movie The Social Network taught us a thing or two about the perils of bad work environments. In a work environment where you have to deal with people who are less than respectful, you have to remember that their actions are not yours. It is your responsibility to show respect and make other people feel comfortable. You can’t go around making people uncomfortable because that would make you feel uncomfortable.
That’s the mentality you need to have in the workplace to be successful. You are going to be the jerk who is a jerk and the jerk who is the jerk, but you can’t ever let that jerk be comfortable.
I have a friend who is a lawyer. He used to be a lawyer. But after dealing with some of the hostile work environment lawyers in the industry, I think that the work environment lawyer’s mindset is going to be completely different from the hostile work environment lawyer. The hostile work environment lawyer is going to be much more of a jerk, and a jerk who is definitely NOT going to be comfortable.
This is because hostile work environment lawyers are people who are out of control and out of sorts. They are often very nasty, and can be very demanding and intimidating. You can see this in a lot of the hostile work environment lawyers in the legal field. They are often the ones that are not happy with their clients, their employer, and their supervisors. They can be very spiteful and confrontational.
But not all hostile work environment lawyers are like this. Those that are more like this are the ones who are willing to be a bit more nice and accommodating with their clients and employers than they would like to be. They are a bit less willing to be confrontational and nasty than they would like to be.
Sometimes the environment you work in will make you angry and it might even make other people not like you. But it’s not always that way. Like this lawyer who is ready to be nice to his clients and their employers, but still has to go after the boss that is making him so unhappy.
When I do the interview, I try to talk about how I feel about my job. Because although it might be a little bit of a hostile environment, I still have to work hard to make sure this lawyer and his boss don’t like me or want me to quit.