I have to say for a bunch of educated professional the drama can be outrageous.
As a manager I would hear the most ridiculous things. So and so wears too much make-up. I don't like the way she chews gum. Did you know so and so went out drinking again over the weekend. I had a sign on my desk
and I had a whining box placed there for them to place their whines.
Onceas a supervisor...I supervised at a facility of 300 beds at the main facility and a small (32 beds) sister facility that was 20 mins down the road on the coast in MA (anyone who knows the area knows which facility I am speaking of....LOL)
It is a small tight community where half of the population is related and the other half knows everyone else. Well... I had staff, who were related by marriage half removed, to someone else cousin's brother's Aunt...you get the picture...decide to carry on the family feud at work. There was only one floor open but they were separated by a hall/nurses station.
They decided to argue by paging me and reporting the other. Every 15 min my pager went off. So and so did this. so and so didn't pass water, so and so looked at me mean...blah, blah, blah. DROVE ME NUTS!. I went the diplomatic route. I did the supervisor route. I got firm in my best no more nonsense voice. Then I finally told them to "stick their heads out the widow and shout at one another as it was a much more effective way to communicate then paging me every 15 mins!" Then I told them..."don't make me come down there".
The end of the story...I had to go down there lined them up and let them know that "one more page and they were BOTH going home!".
Jeeze...the drama that place had...