I am a person who wants to learn and grow by doing challenging tasks that are assigned to me. Whenever I do some challenging work which helps the organization, a few of my colleagues feel insecure and start harassing me saying, "why have you worked without informing us", even though I informed them in several meetings. Is there anything wrong that I am thinking and why I am unable to work with them.

How can I resolve these issues so that I can do my work?

  • There's really not much info here. What work do you do? Who is your colleague - is he your peer? Do you do the same work? Is there a chance he might do the same work if you don't inform him? – rath Mar 13 '19 at 19:54
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    I am learning on my own and unable to fight back and work. – Sreekanth Reddy Ila Mar 13 '19 at 19:55
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    He is my peer, yes I do the same work but differently. He wants to do it and he don't want me to do it. – Sreekanth Reddy Ila Mar 13 '19 at 19:57
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    What does your boss have to say about this? – David K Mar 13 '19 at 19:57
  • I informed few times but I know they are not going to change. – Sreekanth Reddy Ila Mar 13 '19 at 19:59

If this colleague isn't your boss, then ignore him and continue to do the work that was assigned to you. If your colleague continues to harass you, then document the harassment as much as possible and report it to your company's HR.

  • But I don't want to create problem to them. Is there a solution without hurting them – Sreekanth Reddy Ila Mar 13 '19 at 20:15

Your coworker literally wants to make you look bad in order to make himself look good and get the good assignments. He's harassing you in order to make that happen. This is not something you should put up with. It will damage you, and damage your career.

Speak with your boss on the matter, ask him what to do, and then do what he tells you to. If your coworkers continue to harass you about it, refer them to him. You're just following orders.


In such scenarios there are two things you can do.

First, if you have a direct technical senior/team lead then it is better to discuss with him/her on how you going few extra miles for your solution will help in betterment of the product. If your solution is more efficient than expected then your lead will always back you. That way you can continue to work the way you like.

Second, it is also equally important to be in healthy relationship with your colleagues, be genuine and friendly and offer your help if any of then are stuck. I feel like they are not familiar with your nature and mixing up with them would give them better idea of your work ethics.

I'd also point out that do not put your nose into their tasks unless asked. It will most likely worsen your relations.

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