I worked at a workplace that I was eventually fired from after 3 1/2 years.
My issues there most of the times were colleagues bullying me and then claiming that I had done a bad job when that was not the case, and always behind my back to my manager so that unless my manager approached me about the issue I was blamed for mistakes that had nothing to do with me at all.
One instance is a girl who could not keep up with her role, that she made mistakes, then when asked why the mistakes were made she had said that she gets too many emails, at least one every few minutes.
When asked who these emails were from and what the emails entailed, she blamed me, saying that I had sent her too many emails.
I had known that this was a politically charged environment and I was always careful never to send anyone anything other than an email telling them to action something that was within their exact role title and job description. I never asked a question via email, nor had a conversation via email, nor brainstormed a solution via email. I was aware that it could turn against me at anytime.
I explained that I only send emails for action items which are someone’s job and that I can not action myself.
I was asked to list each email and content in one sentence for the last 3 months.
It averaged that I had sent her only 2 - 3 emails per week.
So, one email every few minutes definitely didn’t come from me.
When this was flagged to her and her manager, she said “I don’t know if that were true...”.
The manager immediately changed the topic towards a new system that would be implemented to assist her to receive less emails by placing the information in a dashboard on a system that she regularly looks at.
The issue of her blaming me for something which clearly was not my fault was never addressed.
She basically got away with it, and the entire company continued to get away with similar stories, some of which were never brought to my attention.
So then the real issues where the real company problems actually were, were never addressed and I got blamed for most things.
At one stage the manager actually said to me, “people are saying that you’re doing a bad job” and when I asked who, he replied “the entire company”.
This was ongoing the entire 3 1/2 years and my manager had seen that most things were actually not my fault and had defended me for 3 1/2 years, but was then I believe also blamed for things which went wrong as a result.
My question is:
When people blame you for things which are not your fault, have nothing to do with you, and you are doing a good job at the tasks of your own work, how do you defend yourself? How do you make sure that the person who is blaming you, their bad behaviour, gets addressed? And stop this from happening again? Especially when it is behind your back and you are never made aware?