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When You Can’t Trust Helping A Coworker

December 1, 2012 by Lady Unemployed

So, about a month ago someone new came to my job. It’s been sort of better because the focus has been less on me.

But an interesting thing happened.

I had been helping train this coworker when he first started, and until a couple of days ago it’s been going okay. And then I helped him with a question.

A couple of minutes later, I hear from that person I’ve been having trouble with who addressed the answer I gave this new person and explained that I didn’t answer his question properly.

How on earth did the new guy even bring up my incorrect answer to this difficult coworker?

A lot of scenarios came to mind about why this may not have been on purpose, but I immediately knew I was on dangerous territory because the last thing I need is more reason for that difficult coworker to get on my case. Mistake or not, the more I avoid communicating with that difficult person, the better.

From now on? No more help from me. He can ask the difficult person from now on. It won’t be me. Work is cutthroat and it’s all about knowing how to play people’s games. And I figured out his.

Have you ever had this happen to you? How did you handle this?


  1. Jess says:

    It was probably not done on purpose. New Guy and Difficult Child were probably discussing work and the subject came up and he said “Oh I just learned this today! Lady E said XYZ” and then Difficult Child probably thought to herself “Fucking Cunt, I will fuck her day up” and then she did. So don’t blame New Guy. Don’t blame anybody really. Office politics just is what it is. This isn’t the job you’re going to have for the rest of your life. Do some deep breathing, keep an open mind and remember… there is almost never just one right way to do something. Also remember that the kinder you are, the more you smile, the angrier she will get. So smile! Kill her with kindness and piss her off because your are so goddamned nice!

    • Ha ha ha!!! I may have to steal those nicknames when I blog about those people next, by the way. That is perfect! Ha ha!! And that is exactly what it is. I’ll be so damn nice I’ll choke her with it!! Ha ha!! Freaking office politics. I hate them!!

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