Why are some people so hard to get along with? I have been struggling with a co-worker for 2 yrs now and every summer about this time it erupts into an argument. Everyone else in the office is great. We have a very small office of 3 men and 2 women. The problem is with the other woman. I have always gotten along well with men, but I have never had such a hard time with any other woman either. For some reason this one feels like she can bully me around. I understand she has alot of insecurities and I have spent time praying for her and her lifestyle, but it becomes a struggle when she is such a bully!
About a week ago my dd was in the office with me, which the other woman absolutely hates, but dd is the favorite of everyone else there. The boss even calls her his protoge. Our newest addition to the office absolutely loves her and calls to take her to lunch because he doesn’t like to eat alone. Before anyone thinks bad things… it isn’t like that… I am very careful who my dd can do things with.
Anyway, I let my dd check her email on a spare computer and the other woman had a cow because she has “sensitive” documents on it. Well first off, she shouldn’t have any documents on that computer at all. Second, this computer is the one I use for any visiting employee that needs to use a computer so probably 20 people have access to her sensitive documents. The point is, she made a big deal about thinking my dd had her password… the actual truth is, everybody leaves that computer turned on and so dd never had to turn on the computer.
Next she got mad because I knew the boss made an emergency trip to AL and she was at a dr appointment when he went. She also got mad at me because she gave our new guy a cell phone but didn’t get the number or walkie talkie # off it before she gave it to him. After he charged it, I had him call and beep me so I had the numbers. The problem is, she leaves work early every day when the boss isn’t there. Tuesday she left early and at the end of the day the new guy decided to work from his lab the next day. When she came in on Wed. our network was down (my job) and as soon as I got in, I was busy checking on the network. As I was running around working, the boss called to talk to the new guy. She didn’t know where he was or why. I heard her saying she didn’t know and I called out, “He is working from his lab today, he had some stuff to get done before his vacation.” So now she is mad because I knew where he was and she didn’t. At this point she starts calling directory assistance to try to find out the guys phone #. I picked up my cell phone and I beep him. I hear her yelling into the phone at directory assistance because she isn’t getting what she wants from them. Just then, he beeps me back and I tell him to call the boss and he says OK.
She comes back to my desk and makes a sniping comment at me because I knew how to contact this guy and she didn’t. Remember, I am in the middle of fixing our network. So, I ignore her and get on the phone with our ISP support. We ran through the same tests I already did but this is standard. Finally tech support tells me I need a new cable modem and I have 2 choices; I can put in a service call with him or I can run over to the ISP local office and pick up a new one. So I leave to go get a new one since the ISP office is 3 blocks away. Now, it is 10:10 and there is a note on the door saying they will return at 10:50am. So I go back to the office. About 10:30 or so I see an ISP service truck drive by and I figure he is going back to the office because it’s just a few blocks away. Hop in my car and drive there again… still locked but there is a contractor pounding on the door. I see someone signal him to go around back and I follow… it was a sales guy that didn’t have access to the modems to replace mine so he made a note to have a tech bring me a modem as soon as they get in and I leave.