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DEAR DEIDRE: MY manager pretends I’m invisible unless he’s being nasty and a bully.

I’m a 23-year-old man and in my first job, working for a security contractor.

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I’m an administrator.

My colleague is 30, confident and thinks he’s all that.

I’ve been in the job a month but this guy clearly has taken a dislike to me.

He gives me menial tasks, then tells me to do the same job again, saying it’s not good enough.

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He treats me like something stuck on the sole of his shoe.

My female colleague says he’s bullying me and I should report him, but I don’t want to rock the boat.

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DEIDRE SAYS: It sounds like he has low confidence and is diverting attention away from himself.

He sees you as a victim, but if you refuse to be cowed he’ll find this difficult.


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Learn assertiveness techniques, saying, “I wrote notes about this task and I’ve done it just as you suggested”.

When he ignores you, ask a question so he has to acknowledge you.
If things don’t improve, talk to HR or contact Acas, (acas.org.uk, 0300 123 1100) which provides free, confidential advice on workplace issues.

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