When Patrick Swayze tells Jennifer Gray “No one puts Baby in a corner” in the classic movie Dirty Dancing, he spoke a fundamental truth: It’s just not worth it to let yourself be ignored. And science concurs with art: Research at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business finds that feeling excluded at work can harm your health, job satisfaction, and overall psychological well-being. In fact, social ostracism in the workplace is more damaging than harassment.
So while it might be easier to respond to on-the-job conflict by discretely tucking yourself into the corner, it’s better to stand up and face it head on. You’ll have greater self-esteem, and you’ll be more likely to get what you need.
For tips on how to confront with confidence, check out “How to stop being a reluctant confronter” by the Unstuck team.