A young woman recently took to Reddit to ask for opinions after she reported her coworker to HR for refusing to work on projects with her. But was this a reasonable step, or is she in a problem of her own making? This is her full story.
They Were Both Newbies
OP is a 26-year-old woman who recently started her first job after completing her master’s degree.
One of her coworkers is a 27-year-old woman who joined the company two months earlier. The coworker is currently in graduate school.
She Was Impressed
Right off the bat, OP noticed that her bosses always assigned very complicated tasks to the other woman.
OP was really impressed because her coworker was able to deliver great results, even though she was also new to the company.
They Teamed Up
Hoping to learn something from her coworker, OP asked if they could work on big projects together. The other woman seemed fine with it, and they tackled their first assignment.
She Couldn’t Keep Up
OP admits she had trouble keeping up with her coworker, who is very skilled at tracking all the things she needs to get done.
She also uses very strict timelines for her projects, and she expected OP to work as fast as she herself did.
She Needed to Work Faster
But OP wasn’t used to working with deadlines, and she fell behind. Her coworker told her to work faster next time, then just moved on.
She Was Super Organized
More recently, OP’s coworker hung a whiteboard near her desk, where she plans out all the meetings and tasks for the upcoming month.
OP was impressed with the setup and asked the other woman what it all meant.
She Wanted to Try Again
OP’s coworker explained how the whiteboard worked, and OP then asked if they could work on another upcoming project together.
She Wanted Some Space
At that point, the coworker told OP that they didn’t always need to work on the same projects.
There Was a Lot of Tension
OP was surprised by what she saw as an outburst, but she thought maybe her coworker was just having a bad day. Things got more tense between the women after that interaction, though.
She Stopped Helping
For one thing, OP’s coworker stopped helping her out as much as she had earlier in their relationship. When they did work together, the other woman strapped OP with even tighter timelines than ever.
She Ducked Out Early
OP says that her coworker even started to avoid her by leaving the office early.
She Didn’t Have a Choice
For OP, the cold shoulder from her coworker all added up to a hostile workplace. When she felt like she couldn’t take it any more, OP reported her colleague to HR.
It Got Rough
In the days that followed, HR called OP’s coworker in for a talk. By all indications, that talk got a little rough.
He Wanted to Keep Them Separated
OP’s boss told her to avoid her coworker and just stay out of her way. Then he removed OP from all the projects the other lady was working on.
They Wanted Her to Stay
The company even moved OP’s coworker to an office closer to senior management. There are whispers that they’re trying to talk the other woman into staying at the company rather than moving on.
She Stood up for Herself
Now OP is upset that her work relationships are strained. But she still thinks she was right for going to HR because the other woman was so hard to work with.
She Was Out of Line
Most Reddit commenters have little sympathy for OP. They say she was out of line for going to HR just because her coworker stopped coddling her.
She Has Only Herself to Blame
Some even suggested that OP herself created a hostile work environment for her colleague by constantly butting into her projects.
She Should Have Tried Harder
Others suggest that OP should have tried to talk through the situation with her coworker before going to HR.
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