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"The people who matter in the office" # 42: The shrewd psychologist!


LE BUREAULOGUE - Every Friday, Le Figaro invites you to meet a “cliché” character who poisons or enlivens the corporate world.

Your office life is like a TV series with recurring cast.

Actors more or less complex, more or less good also at acting, with their personality traits, their flaws, their little misdeeds and their little secrets ... All this spreads in soft noise of the hallway.

In the open space, everyone has an opinion on everyone!

There is a colleague whose perspective and expertise are frequently consulted and appreciated.

It is the fine psychologist colleague, who manages to read in the play of his comrades or to understand why so-and-so cannot see another in color.

Better still: he even knows how to decipher the subtleties and the unspoken of a strategic or managerial decision!

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Please note: the psychologist in the office has no diploma in his chosen field.

He is an enlightened amateur.

He is in the HRD or in the IT department, he may be a salesperson.

What does it matter!

He exercises his vocation in complete freedom, during his working hours, observing his little world and putting together the information he has gleaned ... And he gleans a lot, really a lot: he is a social animal. who slips between his groups of colleagues.

As if he were a “


” shrink, we confide in him, we ask for his opinion concerning relations in the company!

Most of the time, of course, everyone likes to ask him about his own case ...

Our fine office psychologist sometimes turns into an internal super-consultant: should I accept the new responsibilities that are offered to me?

Does it make sense to discuss a

particular problem



" with a supervisor?

What do we like about him?

His tone neutrality, the absence of judgment in his eyes!

He's a confidant.

He reassures.

Thanks to him, we convince ourselves that we are making the best decision ... But our office shrink has a bad fault?

It is also a pipelette!

And it is not subject to professional secrecy ...

For the sake of this column, please feel free to share your own experience of important people by writing to

Source: lefigaro

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