- 5 years ago
I have a work situation (again! bummer) that perhaps some of you could advise me on?
To try and keep it short, there was a machine catastrophe that happened at work that was not my fault, but I was tasked to implement a fix to make sure it didn’t happen again. I worked with two other people “Bob” and “Jim” to fix it – the day of the event, I went down to the machine and saw Bob and Jim there. We had a few ideas, and brainstormed together (not to sound snarky, but 90% of the solution was my idea). Then over the next two weeks, me and Bob worked together to implement the fix.
This week, I emailed out to the people who use the machine that the fix was implemented and this is the new code/procedure they have to use to run the machine. A day later, I realized Jim (and another guy that covers for me on weekends) wasn’t on the email so I fwded it to them and said “sorry I forgot to add you, FYI”. I forgot to add them initially because my intent was to tell the operators how to use the new program, so I sent it only to them (and their manager). The two guys I sent it to in retrospect was only like, in an emergency if I was not at work they would know how to teach the operator how to put in the code if the operator forgot.
Anyway, I got a mean and passive aggressive email back from Jim that said –
Hope the catastrophe doesn’t happen again. Glad the fix was implemented. An award would have been nice (we can nominate our peers for monetary awards) for coming up with the solution so quickly. But that’s okay, glad I was able to help, at least I was an afterthought on an email. Regards.”
I’m angry because 1. now hes not really speaking to me, and I *need* to maintain a relationship with him because he signs off on a lot of my work-related things and 2. He didn’t really come up with the solution, I did, and it was me and Bob that did all the work anyway and 3. I didn’t send out the email to everyone claiming credit for the solution. It read “the following has been implemented…” with no mention of who did what. And verbally through the process with my manager (who is different than Jim’s manager) I had said multiple times I worked with Jim and Bob. But even that I think is pushing it, he wasn’t really involved beyond 10 mins the first day. Anyway, who asks for an award? Tacky
Anyway, I need him to not.. ignore me, and hate me, as he could impact my job by refusing to approve or sign off on my work, which would prevent me from getting any work done. I’m nervous to go face him tomorrow. If any of you read my post from a few months ago, my cubemate still isn’t speaking to me bc I “offended him” although I don’t work with him so it doesn’t impact my job, so I’ve stopped caring. I promise I’m a nice person, but I feel like I’m just making enemies! 🙁
I did email Jim back and say sorry, thank you for your help, and the intent of the email was to teach those using the machine yada yada. No reply, though I don’t expect one.