Think back to your time in junior high or high school, or check out the movie Mean Girls. You probably still remember what cliques your school had and who were in them. Even as adults, we still experience cliques every day, whether we’re part of one or are on the outside longing to get in.

In a stationary workplace, you can imagine what this looks like. The word “clique” alone evokes images of four office friends enjoying their private Wine Club Wednesdays (wine and cheese for lunch), whispering among themselves, laughing at inside jokes, and being weird and awkward around other co-workers. Are they just having a good time? Are they talking about everyone else? Why are none of us invited anyway? No matter the situation, it’s gross ...

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