I am the newest employee in my office. Several months before I joined, management directed all the workers to form teams to spend a "experimental day" or two per month working on whatever as long as it was related to one of our products. This is apparently a new thing, and a limited time experiment set to end this week. I heard this all from the coworker I share a cubical with.
Separately from this, management also restructured our teams for normal work. This happened a couple weeks after I started. When we scrambled teams, I and another employee ended up on a team that also happened to contain one of these "experimental day" teams. At the time, I didn't know this was the case. Management is making a big deal about these new teams for normal work, with the usual speeches about collaboration and making everyone feel comfortable to speak up.
I discovered after the fact that at some point towards the end of the window for this experiment, my team added the other employee on our team to their "experimental day" project. This means I am the only member of the team not involved. I am upset by this, but unsure how to proceed. What I want to do is bring it up calmly, professionally and ask why I wasn't told about what was going on.
At this point, I feel like I don't belong on the team. My concern is without some sort of closure, there will be some resentment towards the team as we move forward. I already feel like most of what I say during meetings isn't taken seriously and that ignoring this will just get me pushed further towards the outside. I fear I will be viewed as not a real member of the team. I don't think they intentionally left me out, merely forgot about me.
My hope is that it is workplace appropriate behavior to say "I don't feel like I belong with the team and here's why", but I am new to the office environment and fear not being taken seriously (no emotions allowed at work) or that it will backfire and paint me as "high maintenance". Should I try approaching just one member rather than everyone? Is it worth bringing up at all? Is my plan a sound one?
Asking if I could help now is a moot point, since management required these "experimental day" teams to turn in their work last week.