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Dealing With Unpleasant Co-Worker

Ask Savvy: How Do I Deal With a Horrible Co-Worker?

Have you ever dealt with an unpleasant co-worker? If so, offer up your advice to a reader who is thinking of leaving her job because of her colleague. And if you have any questions of your own, ask them in the Ask Savvy group!

I work as the sole designer for a small company dealing with breast cancer patients. I love helping people and I love what I do! I have been with this company for three years, longer than anyone else on the current team. Six months ago, we brought in a few new employees in the production department. One of these employees has been consistently going out of her way to make inconsiderate remarks about any design concept and artwork I've worked on, referring to my work as "clip art," among other negative terms. Most of the time she just makes these comments in passing, when I am midproject or consulting someone else. She butts in and rips my work apart and makes fun of it in the process.

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I felt she may have been jealous of my position in the company, so I have reached out and asked her manager if she can assist me on a project, so she can get more time in the design department. That was a huge mistake, since she has been consistently talking up that one project and comparing it to everything else I did and saying how much superior it is. I am secure in my skills. On top of many years in the industry, I finished with honors at a prestigious art school and design program and I have had other job offers even in this job market. I realize this person may be jealous, but it is really unpleasant and it's making for a negative work environment. I take to criticism well and I like to improve my work, but her comments are neither constructive nor respectful. I don't want to be a tattle tale and report her to her manager, nor do I want to take her outside and beat her up (just kidding!). Since she joined the company I have begun to dread coming into work and have been trying to hide my work, which has proven difficult in an open office. I love my job, but this is making me want to seek employment elsewhere. Help!


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