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coworker went directly to my supervisor with an
A coworker went directly to my supervisor with an e-mail
alerting him to a problem on a project that I have been indirectly involved
in. The coworkers boss was copied, our department admin person was copied
and the replacement for my boss who is in training was copied but not
me. None of the others were remotely involved with anything on the project.
Dear Greatly Peeved,
Teaching other people anything -- especially if they are unwilling is very difficult. Think of your own experience. Did you always cheerfully accept your parent's or teacher's discipline? Probably not... so what can you do in this situation, especially when you have 'no authority' over him?
This troublesome coworker is an obstacle to your happy employment. He's a thorn in your side. You can't get rid of him. You don't have the power to fire him. And to construct a trap to prove he's a conniving jerk would be unethical and dangerous to your own career. Try to work around him. There will always be people like him that you encounter through your life. You need to up your resilience factor.
Your best path is to make sure you are 'selling' your value to your Bosses. Don't take it for granted that they will notice your hard work. Find ways on a daily and weekly basis to show them -- in a factual way -- that you are earning your keep. If a client praises you, forward the email to your Bosses -- that is 'gold'. By tracking your progress and achievements on a project by project basis you will also be building your resume -- just in case you need (for mental sanity) to go elsewhere.
Good luck. Thanks for writing to Office-Politics.
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