Post # 1
How do you deal with a backstabbing co-worker? We were working on this new project together and she goes and makes changes to it (which were incorrect) and made it look like I made the mistakes when she re-corrected her own work. Its very complicated because our work goes through these different departments and people so in the shuffle of things, it got lost in translation. She totally just made me look so bad to my boss and I’m new at this company and trying to show them what I can do. SOOO not fair! I think she’s intimidated by me and is trying to make sure I don’t steal her thunder…or her job!
Post # 3
Unfortunately in this situation I don’t think there is much you can do right now. If you try to complain about it.. you will just look childish and unprofessional. Just try your best to keep an eye on her and track your work the best you can. If this continues to happen and you have documented proof of her actions (multiple instances).. only then would I go to a manger.
Post # 4
First, I would go straight to her and confirm she was correcting her own mistakes. Make it look like you are just learning since you’re new and want to confirm the correct way to do it. Maybe even ask her to clarify what she did wrong initially and why it needed to be changed.
Then go to whoever you presented the project to or whoever you report to and clarify that while you are new and still learning, it was not you who initally made the mistakes and that you have gone over it with the coworker. Make it seem to them like a learning experience, but at the same time you want to clarify what happened with the project since it seemed unclear.
Post # 5
If its feasible for the type of work you do, I would suggest you communicate with her on anything important via e mail as much as possible going forward (especially when it comes to mistakes and “correcting mistakes”) and save absolutely every.single.email.
Post # 6
Sorry, I hate backstabbing, insecure coworkers. Like others have suggested, document everything. For example, before you hand something off to her, you should print out the document w/a timestamp or pdf it w/a timestamp so that there is a trail as to what the document looked like when you gave it to her. Just save all the files in case you need to defend yourself down the line. Hopefully, others are aware of her tactics already as I would not be surprised if you are not her first victim.
Post # 7
start documenting everything in writing. now.