Q: I am 22 years old and started working at a prominent financial institution.
At first, the environment proved to be very welcoming as the staff appeared warm and hospitable. I had been very cautious about developing work relationships, but I managed to become really close with my female supervisor. When we just met, I was in awe of her professionalism, the work she produced, the knowledge she had, and the qualifications she has attained. Nonetheless, her work attitude has changed and she has devoted her time to making sure one of the junior supervisor's tenure is a living hell. They used to be really close, until the male junior supervisor fell in love with someone. My boss now refuses to give him advice for individual projects and withholds critical information.
I need to know what to do as she has warned me that I would lose my job if I told anyone about the situation. I cannot afford to lose this job! My supervisor is an excellent supervisor and is very credible.
A: Welcome to work-world politics, which can be a minefield to navigate.
DON'T INITIATE ANY ACTION
It is good that you are concerned about the welfare of a co-worker; however, it seems that he needs to fight this battle.
It is important to remember that the same knife that 'stick sheep will stick goat'.
You should be careful of your supervisor and have only a professional relationship with her.
In addition, if the opportunity arises, you could ask her if she thinks what she is doing is right. If she raises the question of seeking your silence again, then it would be appropriate to diplomatically raise a question in her mind about the path she is on.
Work politics can be a very dangerous game, and you need to know what to do and when to do it.