Some people have one, some don’t. No, it’s not a riddle for a shadow, it’s a phenomenon known as the ‘work nemesis‘
Some people reading this blog will know exactly what I’m on about and some won’t have the first idea. That’s fairly usual, as the existence of this phenomenon largely depends on where you work and who you work with. Just to clarify, however, a ‘work nemesis’ is an individual who you simply can’t gel with (or, to just more direct terminology, a people who you can’t stand and/or dislike and/or are insanely competitive with).
You know in life sometimes you meet someone and, however hard you try, you just can’t find a way to like them or enjoy spending time with them? That’s what we’re on about here. It’s the person who blanks you in the kitchen but immediately strikes up a glowing conversation with the next person who walks in, the person who (in your eyes) sends horrifically rude emails or the person who, out of nowhere, takes sole credit for your idea in a meeting.
Why is this relevant? Well, naturally, taken too far, relationships between two warring individuals can affect their performance and that of the surrounding team. So let’s explore a hypothetical scenario and see how it plays out in terms of employment law.