So the new work place is fun and all that good stuff. Young folks smiling, with lots of laughter and banter around, and since the company isn’t really IT, there aren’t any desis at all. Bar one. Who sits in the next cubicle. Who thinks he’s the crown prince of all IT. Well, he’s turning out to be one classic jerk.
Thankfully we don’t really have to work together, except for a small part that I was taking over – from him. Since the dude has been around a while, he was asked to get me started off. It’s been a rough 2 weeks – and I’ve been brushing his rough demeanor and talk aside in an ernest attempt to look past it and get this thing going. His first reaction to anything I ask is “I don’t know”, I have no time”, It does not matter to me how you do it”, You do what you want, I dont have time to be with you”, “I have lots of work, I can’t do it” – and you get the drift. So, with every day I interacted with him less and less and managed just fine.
Friday, I was forced to work with him, and during the course, he says “Why, even my 4 year old son can do this. You having trouble?” That pissed me off. Completely. Had half a mind to report but figured I’d just let him be. After all i had nothing to prove to him.
So as is the case with small companies, I mentioned it to the Ukranian, who works with me in the break room, and she in turn told the Bostonian, who told the Brazilian who told the Dutch. Now the Dutch colleague is a lawyer. Compliances and Regulatory policies but still a lawyer. She marched up to me today and told me that she would be reporting the incident and that it needs to be addressed, and that they’ve been noticing the undercurrents and it was time. She used the ‘H’ word.
Though it was gratifying to be supported, I wasn’t sure if I wanted the whole thing to blow up, whatever the intensity. I could go ahead with it, though our “working together” will be done in a few days, so things would smooth out in the future or just ignore the whole thing. I am after all 3 weeks old out there!
I’ll know tomorrow I guess.