Hello Ladies...looking for some insight, advice, or any words of wisdom!
I currently work in/for a family business. My mother owns our agency, my younger sister is the "VP of Marketing", and I am a Producer/Sales Agent, managing my own book of business. I report directly to my mother.
My problem is in my dealings with my sister. In nearly every work-related interaction we have, she will make a biting comment or simply be rude to me. A few examples:
- We were taking photos for a newspaper article we were going to be featured in. When the photographer asked what my position was (at the time I was a Branch Manager), my sister interrupted and emphatically (and repeatedly) told him I was a CSR. CSRs are entry level positions.
- I misunderstood something she was asking me in an email and responded the way I understood it. She responded to me to "stop responding confusingly and just tell me you are on top of it!"
- She has and will make negative comments about what I'm wearing (we are business casual, and I don't push it), not include me in work events or speaking events with our mother (one in particular was a Mothers & Daughters in business, I was never even asked), and just generally is very difficult. Everything she says has a tinge of disrespect to me.
I should also mention that I have as much or more experience than she does in our industry, which she also questions on every press release or bio I submit for marketing purposes.
My mother rarely speaks to her about her behavior toward me, though she admits to me privately that she's difficult. I'm at the point where I've reached my limit, but I need and want my income. I just don't know what to do. Thoughts?
ETA - There have been a few occasions where she has "stood up for me" when there have been misunderstandings. I don't want to make it sound like there is no good. But those occasions are fewer.