I'm part of an eight people team, plus a team leader.
Four of us are relatively new to the company and the team, while the other four and the team leader are veterans and worked together from day one in the team. Let's call them the "veterans group".
A few days ago, some of the newcomers started to suspect the "veterans group" have their own WhatsApp group that they use to make laugh of the newcomers.
There are all kinds of indications for this suspicion, and it turns more and more solid every day.
For examples - All of us are sitting together in the open space, one of the newcomers is asking a "veteran" a question about the system, and after answering him the "veteran" pulls the phone, clicking on it, all the others "veterans group" mobiles beep and they all start to grin & chuckle.
When some of us tried to bring this issue with individual members of the "veterans group" including the team leader, they denied it. But we are not believing them.
This is causing all of us the newcomers to feel very awkward and seriously damaging our feeling of being part of the team.
So while it is obvious that people can be in whatever Whatsapp group they like, it feels like this is splitting the team into "us and them" while the Team Leader is in one of the groups.
Any ideas on how to address this situation?
Thanks to all the people who provided a different way to look at this situation and suggested not taking it personally against the newcomers.