Problems With Co-Worker

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   Posted 11/25/2008 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I am in a very hard spot.  I love my job but am having problems with the maintenance guy.  He is the first one since I have been here that has done a decent job.  I like him, but he is putting me in a bad place.  He is I believe a contract worker.  I am actually an employee.  The problem is that I try to do what the owners ask me to do.  He disagree's with them alot. Just one example is we have a tenant who has out dated plates on his car.  I have talked to him, sent him letters, and the owners have talked to him.  They want me to have the car towed.  I finally called the tow co. today.  When they arrived the maintenance guy arrived.  He wanted to know what was going on.  Told him I was doing what I was told to do.  He told me that I should have called him before I called the tow co.  The car did not get towed.  Turns out he got updated plates, which is another story.  He wants me to contact him regarding every little detail.  He told me he knows how to manage an apt. complex.  I have been tempted to say when he says these things, then fine, you run it.  I am out of here and leave.  I can get upset easily and he does not like that.  He wants me to go thru him first.  I have to work with him so I say little.  I do not want to cause waves.  However, it is eating me up inside.  I know I should talk to the owners, but if he would find out, life would be hell.  I have some other medical issues and dealing with stress is not good.  I know I can't avoid stress all together but I want to keep it to a minimum.  Another example is that we have it on our answering machine that if a tenant calls with an after hours emergency, they are to call the maintenance number but are also suppose to call and inform me.  The tenants are not to stop him around the complex for maintenance things, but are to call me and I am to right it up.  That is the owners rule.  I have told him this and he says the tenants do not need to call me first or to report they called after hours.  He gets very argumentative with me.  One of these days I am afraid I am going to blow up at him and that would not be good.  I do not know what to do.  I think he wants to control the complex and what I do.  I do not want to run to the owners and complain.  I have to work with him so I need to find a way to work with him and deal with him.  All I want to do is go to work, do my job and let him do his but he does not want that. 

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   Posted 11/25/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Stick to your guns Chelsi,

You have been doing this for a long time. It sounds like he would like your job. Do things the way that you have been. Don't let him persuade you to change things.

You can do this, you are a very resourceful person and know what you are doing. I assure you that if you stick to your way of doing things, you will win this. Don't let him bully you. ONce you stand your ground, there will be no more stress.

Hugs, Karen
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