I’m being bullied at work by, of all people, our receptionist. You would think we should be able to work together as a team and get along being two adults, but no. She has this bizarre authoritarian complex. She is the receptionist and I am a qualified allied health worker. I never talk down to her or treat her as less than equal, I’m very realistic in the fact that we both have an important role to make our workplace run smoothly. Whenever our Boss is away she likes to dictate who gets to use his very prized car park. (This saves us arriving at work 20 mins earlier to fight for on street parking and then a 10-15 min walk to arrive at our workplace).
She uses his car-park whenever she likes and will not share. As she arrives 30 mins before I could possibly ever get there, I cannot use it. Very occasionally (like when she’s away) she makes a big song and dance about that fact that she’ll “allow” me to use it and isn’t she nice doing me such a favor.
I have asked her if it would be possible to take turns but she always has some reason as to why she desperately needs it. I asked her one day if i could please have it as I had to rush off that evening, to which she replied “but I also need to leave early and I know what I have on is far more important than whatever you could have on”.
I don’t want to take the issue to our boss as that would make me look petty, (as I know after-all it is “just a carpark”) but her constant need to make herself feel bigger and better than me and more important are really starting to get to me. She also engages in social conversation with our other colleagues in front of me but completely ignores me (as I’m just a nothing part-timer)and other such behaviors. I go to work as an enjoyable break from toddler talk, but lately shes been making it far from enjoyable.
Posted anonymously, 20th March 2015