Once a year we are asked to give (anonymous) feedback to our direct peers at work.
I have recently moved to a new location and I know that everyone in the team is included in a WhatsApp group, except me. I am the only foreigner on the team (I am on foreign assignment) - it is possible that they are excluding me due to language, although I am able to understand broadly (and there is always google translate)
Two of my direct peers have asked me for feedback and I would like to include a comment about being more inclusive in the "opportunities" section, without sounding sorry for myself.
Can anyone think of a constructive way of saying this?
CotswoldStrife, whatever I write will be identifying because I am likely to be the only one providing feedback in English --- and anyway my grasp of the local language is not enough to "get away" with writing in this language . They'd know it's me either way.
I would guess that it's a mix of work related jokes, little moans and social events (like outings for lunch). If they do go out often someone will remember me and ask,
I don't think anyone is "deliberately" excluding me, I would bet they don't see an issue
BubblesBuddy and MrsWobble3 I really like your suggestions, and the approach to word it positively.
TheClacksAreDown no -- the only reason I know is because one of my colleagues had a message pop up on his phone when he sat next to me, and he quickly hid the screen. I would feel very awkward and embarrassed asking to be added.
Just ask to be included. If they otherwise include you in stuff, then it might raise eyebrows if you give this feedback based on one tiny thing (which is possibly not even work related if it is purely social/a colleague initiated it without any direction from a manager).
CandleLit I guess it doesn't feel tiny to me. We are probably around 15 people and even people who have joined the team after me have been added. I can't say for sure everyone is on it because I haven't seen the group list, but I have seen people be added.
there are already two groups - one I am included in and one I'm not.
Yes, but you can suggest that they create one that covers the group you're not part of, and this should prompt someone to say, we already have that group, we'll just add you. Unless they know you know it already exists, in which case, suggesting it would look passive aggressive rather than innocent.