My co-worker has been demoted and now I'm her boss!
by D. Kelley
I have just been hired on with this company that has this new program.
I worked for this company before with their previous program. But the previous program was outsourced and I was laid off. My bosses loved my work ethic so they told me if another job comes up they would keep me in mind.
About five weeks ago they fired one of the two people that were in their Youth Program. So they hired me to come in and fill in. My co-worker started six months ago when the program first started. She taught me all the basics about the Youth Program.
My bosses called a staff meeting on Friday to discuss what was going wrong. She was off on Friday tending to personal business and the bosses met with me and told me that I will be taking over the program and my co-worker now has to run anything that she is doing by me.
Now it is Monday and my boss came in to meet with both of us and she told her that we met on Friday and that I will be in charge of the program and that she needs to focus on the clerical side of things. I can tell that my co-worker was upset.
My boss made it seem like I was plotting behind my co-worker’s back. She is a really good worker and I want her to work with me as a team. What should I do? What should I tell her that will improve the situation?