Please bear with me, this is going to be long.
I am currently working towards a supervisor position at work. I have never hidden the fact I want to move up in the company and have proven myself. I do not walk on anyones back nor do I gossip my way up. I have worked my ass off and honestly deserve the position.
I have a co worker who I will call Karen.When and if I get the new position, I wold be her supervisor. We are both currently the same position in the area in which we work.
She is a fruitcake. Talks about mystics having the ability to see through their palms, feeling energy etc.. and to boot, she is very self absorbed and paranoid.
Every freaking time 2 people are speaking she is just sure they are talking about her. She has even asked one of the bosses" What were you just talking about." The boss put her in her place and told her it was none of her business.She just does not get it.
A few weeks ago,I passed on some info ( which is common and expected practice in the area where I work) from our supervisor. Later that day. I was talking to Karen and she accused me of 'speaking for the boss." I was taken aback and asked her to give me an example. She used the example from earlier that day. I responded."Karen, I was sharing info from our superior as I was directed to do. and further more, you told me last week that you felt out of the loop so I made a point of including you in the newest info today. I think you are reading too much into this."
I spoke to our superior the next am and she told me all was fine and I was doing what was expected and all is well.
Karen has admitted to me, co workers and superiors that she does not feel that she is good at her job.She asked to be in the training class I recently instructed. She was told no as she had been trained last year and as a supervisor she should already know her job.She is forever asking the same questions, just really not getting it. Frustrating at best, pissing everyone off at the worst.
Today, I was "incharge" of the area. Nothing super exciting, just giving jobs out and making sure they were done and putting out any fires that may come along.
When she came in she says loud enough for everyone in the area to hear"" So, Kelly ( our supervisor) put you in charge today huh?""
Completely embarrased me and pissed me off. I responded " yes, she did and this is what she wants you to do today."
She is completely passive agressive. She is threatened by me and the fact I am a better employee than she is and I want a promotion. I just do not know how to deal with her. I know she is talking shit behind my back. I know she is interfering in conversations I am having attempting to make me look like I dont know what I am doing and foolish. I know that she is worried about her job, as she should be cause she sucks at it and our superior is fed up.
What I dont know, is how to deal with her. How to respond, how to get her to stop the passive agressive bullshit and knock it off.
I just dont do the drama and backstabbing shit... help!!
Thanks for reading this long drawn out post.