Hi everyone, This is kind of a vent but the amount of office politics I am surrounded by is just insane. I recently started work at a new company with about 12 employees which is separated into two 'divisions' with 3 directors in charge. The good thing is that two of the directors are big 'fans' (for want of a better word) of me because I produce results and have a really good work ethic. The other director is a bit more "meh" about the whole thing like "I employ you and will only speak to you if I need to". All good. But there is a struggle for power in the lower ranks. A girl that is above me has been there for years, has terrible job performance, a hugely inflated ego, very intimidating, doesn't work well with other women and is generally just a bully. She see's it as her being a senior and me and my office partner being below her and therefore we are her PA's despite the fact that we have our own jobs to do. luckily I know the two directors always side with me because they don't like this girl but she is very close to the third director so she stays. I am not one to just take being bullied but she still tries to throw her weight around and berate me. The other thing is that the receptionist is incredibly sensitive. We normally get on very well (she is significantly older than me and my office partner) though last week she started being very rude to me and my office partner and I couldn't work out why. Turns out both me and my partner apparently ignored her when we walked into the office that morning and were giving her the cold shoulder all day. it is true that we didnt say hi when we walked in but it was because she was speaking to a customer at the time and i didnt think it would be polite to interrupt and say hi. Also she was offended because my office partner and I walked out to lunch the same day laughing and she took it that we were laughing at her (obviously not the case). I then went out on a limb to be polite even tough i didnt do anything wrong and sent the receptionist a FB message that night saying sorry there must have been a mix up and I wasn't being rude but she was with a client. The receptionist then sends me a scathing message saying that me and office partner were being rude and childish. I didn't even realise I was being either and I certainly wasn't intentionally ignoring anyone. Also, the receptionist has since got over the never wanting to speak to me and my office partner again thing. But then I was going out the door to an appointment today and the receptionists husband rang as I was leaving (he calls at least 10 times a day) and I hear him say down the phone "why are you speaking to that *****" and the receptionist then laugh and say "haha now why would I call anyone a *****". I just can't get my head around all of this. I have never worked at a place where there are so many office politics and I feel like I am always walking on eggshells. The whole place is a she doesn't get along with him, he doesn't get along with her, she doesn't get along with her etc etc etc. kind of place. Usually I would just keep my head down and be polite to everyone but even when you do that you get accused of ignoring people or people take that as you being an easy target and try to bully you. What the hell do I do?