I started a new job and found myself in a nightmarish situation. I will start interviewing soon and I will need to provide a reason for quitting so early.
I already know not to disparage coworkers, but since they are exactly the reason for leaving, what do I say?
This is the situation:
- people have mass-quit the company two months ago and management had to hire anybody who was available at the time, in a hurry, which includes:
- cubicle neighbor #1: Speaks VERY LOUDLY most of the day, unless he needs to work. Starts ego battles with whomever is around. When losing arguments (often) goes down to sexist/racist/stereotypical arguments. When warned about it, says "it was just a joke" and "in any case I have a PHD so deep inside you know I am right".
- cubicle neighbor #2: just arrived from another country. Likes to engage in VERY LOUD battles of words with neighbor #1. Will not renounce his home customs, which are working bare footed, massaging his feet and then shaking hands, cleaning his tooth braces at his desk using his smartphone as a mirror and LOUDLY tapping his desk while listening to music.
- they are both outside their "trial period" (it's Europe) and difficult to replace (our job requires a skill that is not so common)
Team lead is also exasperated, but has mortgage and cannot quit, so he does a lot of remoting and meetings, and has bought himself a bottle of hand sanitizer.
What to say then?