Submitted by APYTJD
Whenever you're new at a position or at a company, it takes a while to get settled into your new role. You're feeling out the organization and the processes of order. Your new co-workers are feeling you out, as is your new boss. You're learning the best routes to take to work and which routes to avoid. You're learning the back story and work history of those around you. You're learning who is vegan and those who only subscribe to a gluten-free diet.
As responsibilities begin to shift, it is common for all involved to be concerned regarding how things will settle in the end. Some are involved in some meetings while others are involved in different meetings. Companies create new teams while maintaining old working alliances. At some point, you realize you're not involved in every meeting on every client and have no idea what is going on.
Then you ask yourself, "Why am I not in that meeting? Are those individuals in the room more qualified than me? How are those in the room more qualified than me to be in there? Is it because I'm black, female, from Alabama, or [insert any other random characteristic here]. Other self-preservation instincts begin to spin. In this still uneasy economy, no rational person would blame you for those feelings.