Sorry I took your job.
October 19, 2012 1:56 PM Subscribe
I recently joined a company as a specialist in my field. My role is part of a new specialist team internal to the organization. My team has been tasked with creating new products as well as improved versions of old products that have been poorly received. And now the generalist I am "replacing" is acting out towards me.
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Generalist interviewed me and agreed that a specialist needed to be brought in to accomplish the goals of Product without detracting from the company's progress on other Stuff. Generalist (G) works on a lot of other Stuff and now has time freed up to be more effective on those things.
G has been is one of the more long-standing employees at the company, but does not hold a leadership role. I do not report to G. G and I report to two different people. G was warm and helpful at first. But as more people joined the company after me, G has expressed disdain for all of the new people.
G recently started showing up uninvited to my meetings. G chats with members of G's team about my work. G sends feedback on my work to G's boss as well as my boss. And now giving a well-received presentation on Product that G showed up, uninvited to... G sent a long email to my boss saying our team is not receptive to feedback.
G has been included in email threads, forums, demos, and status updates about Product. G has been invited to be a tester on Product and put it off for ages. But now G goes above my head to complain to my boss instead of coming to me to talk about his feelings about being excluded.
I resent this because I have made a good faith effort to make G feel involved, and G has never come directly to me with their concerns.
Other members of G's team have told me that G has been slacking off and handing off their own work in order to appear they are in a more managerial role than their title suggests. G's team silently stews about this because they are forced to work with G, and G has been hypersensitive to their feedback in the past. No one on G's team reports to G but G considers themselves the most senior of the team.
My gut instinct is to walk up to G and tell them going over my head has made me completely distrustful, and that I don't report to G or G's boss so I don't need G's approval. I also want to remind G that they did a poor job on Version 1 of Product and there is a reason Specialist team exists.
I'm sick of G trying to assert their ownership over Product and talking to my boss behind my back, and I am afraid if it continues I won't be able to stick around at the company, which I like a lot otherwise.
How do I navigate this in the most politic way and without losing my cool?