- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2016
I have been working for this company for about eight months, and I love it. I work with 99% men, and am the only female in my building. (It’s actually pretty nice, I get my own bathroom!) Usually things are great between my coworkers and I, but recently there has been some tension.
I am the newest person in this building, yet I have taken the initiative to learn a lot of things that my coworkers have never learned in the years they have worked here. I am getting my Bachelors next month, and plan to get my Masters. My supervisors can tell I have a lot of potential, and even my boss’ boss has had meetings with my boss and I about my career, and future plans. I am the only person in my department who has excellent computer skills, which leaves a lot of paperwork, spreadsheets and financial work on me, since none of my coworkers can type over 30wpm, or know how to use anything except Word.
This has never really bothered me, I enjoy working hard and I make sure my own work is done as well. I can say that I am definitely favored as a result of my work ethic and skills, and my supervisors frequently write “thank yous” that are posted on a bulletin board in the common area. It’s a weekly thing when the supervisors at corporate contact my boss/es, to point me out as someone who will be moving up soon and they want in their department. I have turned down three job offers/promotions in the last eight months, because I realized in the interviews that I didn’t think they were the right jobs for me. None of my coworkers have even gotten interviews for jobs they have applied for in years, which I understand could be annoying.
Today my boss pulled me into his office, to tell me that two of my coworkers have complained about me not doing my work. I was completely shocked. He told me that he thinks they complained out of resentment, due to all the “thank you’s” and times my upper level supervisors have recognized me for my work and skills. Also, there is a promotion coming up, and I am the only person in my department that is qualified, due to the fact that I have taken the time to learn the financial system and paperwork protocols.
I understand that since I am the newest, there may be resentment. But I don’t really understand why, since all of them were offered the opportunity to learn the computer systems, and all of them turned it down. I have no idea how to handle this situation, especially with a promotion hopefully in the works. I don’t want my coworkers to dislike me as their new lead, because they feel like I was a kiss-ass, or favored because I was a woman. I know my bosses only like me because I work so hard, but I don’t know how to convey this to my coworkers. They see me go above and beyond, and I always do my best, which was why I was so shocked that someone complained and said something so blatantly untrue. I have also helped several of my coworkers beef up their resumes, I frequently bring in home-baked goods for them, and I (thought I) got along with everyone really well.
What do you Bees think?
Also, sorry if it sounded braggy. I was trying to tell the whole story, which included telling about some of my education and work skills. I am quite quiet about the extra work I do, and don’t rub it in anyones face. Also