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?