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Senior coordinator with new employee

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Question: I have been working as an HR and admin coordinator for more than a year and have been much appreciated for my dedication and commitment, to the extent that I am up for a promotion.

Recently, a new employee joined the company in the same position and, although I have gone out of my way to make her feel welcome and shared all my tips and so much of my experience, when I spoke to her regarding a small issue, she responded in a rude and loud manner. I tried to talk it over with her and make it work, but she continued shouting and acting obscene. I approached my manager about the new person’s behavior, but my manager told me that I have to be more polite, since I may have come across as rude to the new person, who is probably sensitive.

Hello!! I was the one being shouted at while trying to be diplomatic and polite!!

I need advice urgently because I would hate to ruin the relationship I have wit...(register to read more)

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Hopper July 13, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I am in this same situation right now….new person has been here 2 months. She was hired without being interviewed by anyone and I am told we are on the same level. I have been here for over a year. This person is rude to everyone. I have gotten comments about her rudeness from many people. She is very curt and unfriendly when answering the phone. I was training her on our system (which is rather complicated) and she would not take notes. I showed her how to complete a task on this system then asked her to try one while I sat near. She would not refer to the manual, she did not provide necessary information, used the incorrect codes, etc. I tried to speak to my boss about this but was yelled at and told it was my fault and that I expected too much from her after such a short time. I am not trying to have her do things “my way”; however, there is a certain procedure that has to be followed for our system and she does not do it. She has incorrectly sent invoices and other items to the wrong place, some of which have been filled out incorrectly. She does not speak to me all day and we sit across from each other. She refuses to ask questions if she does not understand something. I go home every night VERY frustrated at the situation. But at the end of the day, there is nothing I can do about it. I am trying to “kill her with kindness” and acting professionally toward her even though I do not get the same courtesy. Hang in there……….her true colors will eventually surface (at least I hope so for both of us!)

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