I'm talking more about a personality conflict here.
We have just hired a new employee. He's a very nice man, but he's older, (in his late 50's, I'm in my last 20s, very late)
My job is essentially all the administrative work for a relatively small company. (20 employees) It runs the gammut from payroll to IT and everything in between. Despite my FORT time, I'm very busy and yet, very important to this company. I'm proven myself to my bosses and when I say I do everything, I do EVERYTHING. Including secretarial, at times.
With that being said, this new employee, let's call him Tom, is driving me insane. He's one of those people that talks about his old job incessantly and how wonderful it was there ad nauseum. I can handle that. However, he treats me like I'm stupid. He's always 'surprised' that I am handled tasks and more than once has referred to me as 'the girl' Not girl, not secretary, 'the girl' every office should have one
I'm in the unique position where I am the most computer literate person in the office and he is the least. So, when he has problem or needs to find a 'folder' for the 80th time, I'm the person who has to show him. He never listens to me. Ever. It's like I have nothing valuable to say.
He seems to think I'm stupid, invaluable and little more than a secretary, AND NEVER listens to me.
Short of ignoring him, (my patience has grown VERY thin) I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to deal with personality conflicts in the workplace. It could be an interesting and helpful thread.