Hi ladies. As with many, I am back to working after staying home for 12 years.
Just recently hired by a small family business.
While all is well, I have to work with a co-worker who dedicates her life to the job. Unfortunately she has been my trainer Since the beginning. Just recently I was trained on a new project that she was working on for the last year. As someone who has just started working on the project I have a few questions. When i have asked her through email she has ignored them. I took it as she being busy. Today she mentioned that she was sorry for not answering the questions but that she and our supervisors feel it was best that she ignored them and allow me to figure it out as a way to boost my confidence.
Now, I can appreciate half of what she said but feel very upset because as someone who just started and is learning the ropes, it puts me at a disadvantage.
Clearly I don’t want to make mistakes and if I ask the questions is simply because the answers are not on the manual.
Anyone have good advice on how to handle this?
We went to college in the 90s, started our careers when cell phones were a luxury that came with a shoulder bag and fax machines were the newest tech.
Here we are now, in what should be the best years of our career facing an ever changing work culture that sees established Boomers still running the show with Millennials expecting to be the next leaders. Meanwhile we just want to take a vacation, make sure the kids get to soccer practice and fund our 401k.
Keep it on topic, be decent humans, no keyboard warriors.