How to deal with a colleague who sucks up to people with position in the company and is condescending to the younger ones?
Also, how to avoid lunch with her?
I work in a group of 6, all of us hates the colleague because she power trips so badly eg. telling us she reported a janitor once because he greeted a colleague in front of her but not her at the office lobby (wish i was kidding).
Everything she says are mostly lies so we’re very sick of it.
- There’s a saying- don’t wrestle a pig in the mud, you’ll both get dirty but the pig likes it.
Essentially, attempting to confront her, have an intervention or whatever is just going to result in her stirring up drama, and you’re just going to embroil yourselves at the center of it.
Just blank face her. If she gives you a lie or condescending, give a half smile and nod. Hopefully, the lack of response will make her not bother anymore.
- She likes attention and reaction in the form of seeing yall face drop, get annoyed etc. It validates her existence so deny her that.
Don’t react, or give dry, strictly work-related replies.
Engaging validates her and her perceived/real position and gives her more content to talk about LOL
- Re the lying, you can act dumb and use questions to out her lie, e.g. “Is it? But what about [reference to truth here]?” The objective however is not to force her to admit she’s lying but to show to people around your convo that she is. If it’s just you and her then just grey rock her or act blur.
Re lunch, just say you have plans. (In my world, plans with myself are still plans.)