My co-worker is extremely passive aggressive and difficult to work with.
August 28,2022 at 1:28PM UTC (Edited)
I am one of two folks in the same role, but I recently came into the role through promotion, while the other person started in this role a year ago. I’ve always gotten the feeling he was trying to slow my progress and block me out of tasks/projects. It’s gotten worse recently and our interactions are few and uncomfortable. He often ignored my private slack messages so I’ve made a point to always communicate with him with our direct manager and another leader on the messages which has proven effective because he will respond. But this seems to have caused the passive aggressive behavior to escalate and he’s gone as far as saying in a group meeting that I cannot do certain tasks without checking with him first. I asked our manager to confirm this expectation and he said that’s not the case, but the co-worked mentioned it again on another meeting, as if to drive it home.
There’s always a constant power struggle between us and it’s exhausting. I’ve complained multiple times to our manager and as far as I can tell it doesn’t change anything. I’m looking for other jobs, but it is draining to work in this environment. This individual goes out of his way to minimize me and while I understand he has more experience, he is not over me and does not have direct say in my work. If the team dynamic were better I would be more open to getting his feedback, not checking with him, but working with him on solutions, but it is not productive at this point.
to add additional context, I am not the only person that has complained about his behavior and work ethic. To the point that senior leadership asked me to step in on projects because they do not trust what he has done. But leadership hasn’t changed the anything so I feel like my effort and what I am hearing from them are moot points.
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