New Job, Nasty Coworker
October 16, 2006 8:22 PM Subscribe
New job and my coworker is always trying to control me and sabotage me and then wants my sympathy. I hate her!
posted by Superstitious to Work & Money (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Let me be blunt; I hate this woman I work with. I have to share an office with her and I have only been there for a few months, so I have to rely on her to assist me with stuff I don't know. I find that when I don't need help, she will be standing over me telling me really obvious things like that my phone is ringing or my email notification just popped up, but when I actually have a question for her she will avoid answering me. She dumps every work assignment in my lap, stating that I need to learn better how to do everything, and she does about 2% of the total workload and instead makes personal phone calls all day (we are supposed to share the workload). She yells at me--often in front of customers--over really trivial matters. She tried to start an argument with me the other day because she wants me to leave my desk calculator turned on all the time in case she needs to use it. She has a crappy home life and quite a few health problems, and she wants to talk to me about these things during the intervals when she is not being nasty to me. I have tried being diplomatic with her to get her to act more civilly towards me; I have been firm with her and told her that I won't stand for her behavior; all it has done is cause her to go around muttering to herself aboout how unappreciated she is in her job, blah, blah--and she has actually become more difficult to work with. Now she still does the same things but says, "Oh, I know you don't like this, but blah, blah..." I don't know what to do about her. I'd feel really silly going to my boss to complain about her, because I'd just feel like a tattletale. What can I do?