I work as a software developer. Recently, I've been frustrated as my coworkers have been keeping me out of development work. My workgroup is a small part of a larger company - my boss is responsible for the entire group. She isn't always able to be directly engage us.
During a performance evaluation, my boss explained that my coworkers have said they assigned me work in the past, which I refused to do. This came as quite a shock, as none of them had communicated this to me. I expressed pretty significant surprise, and my boss seemed to largely view this as an issue of communication. I quickly reviewed our issue tracking software, and did not find significant outstanding issues assigned to me.
I don't really know where to go from here. Should I approach my coworkers? Should I request more development work? I feel as if I've been punished for something that didn't happen, and that I have evidence supporting my claim.
This doesn't seem to have impacted my Boss's impression of me, as I received a positive review. But it impacts the tasking I'm given and my day to day satisfaction.
The issue currently isn't that I don't have enough work, but rather that I am disproportionately responsible for undesirable work and largely passed over when it comes to tasking for desirable work. I could attempt to take ownership of issues using our tracking system, but I'm concerned that could be viewed as an escalation (and I've done this on a small scale in the past with no success).