My workplace recently hired two new employees, one with a lot of experience and one who needed training.
I’m starting to think that the experienced one is gunning for me and I’d like advice on how to handle it.
I was showing the untrained hire how to do something as per our protocol this morning, and he interrupted us and said that what I was doing was totally wrong. I was a bit dumbfounded because this has been our protocol for years. I’m not disputing whether he may be right (and I don’t set the protocols) but the manner in which he spoke to me felt like a lecture and a telling off, and probably made me look silly in front of the untrained new hire.
Then later in the day he flagged up two mistakes that I had apparently made. To be fair this wasn’t in front of anyone but one was quite a serious mistake, so I felt a bit of panic until I questioned him further and it became clear that he’d misunderstood situation 1 and that situation 2 was someone else’s error, not mine.
Finally, I took an internal phonecall meant for him as I was about to leave for lunch (he was on another call and the staff member who should have covered had vanished). I passed on the verbal message and he said he wanted it raised at the next meeting that I hadn’t put the message in writing. If he hadn’t been right there I would have put it in writing, but it was a very short message, so I had felt comfortable repeating it directly.
How should I handle this? Am I being paranoid? I’ve heard him semi-scolding/teaching the untrained hire but that makes some sense. I’ve worked here for 10+ years and am technically superior to him. Of note he’s made a few minor mistakes since he started and I’ve just fixed them rather that flagging them since I wanted him to feel welcome in his new workplace.
The other staff have mentioned to me a few times that they think he’s great. He definitely knows the general job really well. But no one has mentioned him having an overly assertive attitude. Should I speak to him about any of this? Or plan a way to respond when my next ‘mistake’ gets flagged? Or should I give him more time to settle in as it’s only been a couple weeks?