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I have encountered a situation at work which is really testing me. I'm trying to remain kind and compassionate (difficult on a good day) while not getting steamrolled. There is another department that is trying to undermine all of the work that I and my section-mate have done over the last year (in my case) and half year (in his case). When the person who was previously in his position retired, I was left with little direction and with minimal knowledge, outside of the scope of my job, of what needed to be done. This other section wound up taking all the credit for everything that I did before the replacement arrived.
Now, that other section is trying to make us look like we're not doing anything. The way that we're conducting business is changing (for the better) and naturally people dislike change. My previous coworker didn't really do what her written job description entailed, leaving me/us further behind.
(Sorry for the vague background. Details aren't tremendously important)
If I were still in the Army (where I had a license to be quite unpleasant) this would have been handled in a series of cussing out, yelling, and potential fisticuffs. (Simple solution, right?) But, now that I'm trying to be a decent person, the solution is not as simple. I am having a difficult time letting go of anger and working in a more compassionate way. I know that it is possible to be kind and firm at the same time, but, I'm having a difficult time finding a proper balance.
What I/we are doing is simply presenting things as they are with fact based evidence and providing our management with the proper tools to sort things out. This is quite a challenge, and ultimately I find these stupid games to be a waste of time, but, people seem to love playing them.
I'm very thankful that I have the coworker that I do. He is intelligent, rational, and just fun to be around. (with a sweet beard to boot.)
Thank you for reading my wall of text. I'll continue working through this, and any suggestions or nuggets of wisdom are always appreciated.