A colleague of mine had a lateral title change and with that transition acquired a sense of arrogance that borders on harassment.
At first, it was harassing me to drop projects to focus on hers with no lead time, strategy, and often missing key information like specs, assets, or messaging. I asked for a brief to make it simpler on us both, but was met with defensive indifference.
To avoid a brief and my pushback for more information, she started doing her own designs often using my templates and not the guidelines. I’d ask her about that too but was dismissed so I decided to “opt” out of trying to prioritize creative for her side of the team because she preferred to work independently and was demeaning towards me whenever I tried to help or guide her.
I suggested she own sourcing images for her own email (which she does 95% of the time anyway without me because she doesn’t want to listen to me) and she made a big thing of it. She said it should only take me an hour and she shouldn’t spend that time doing it because her time is very valuable (inferring mine was not).
Her supervisor said that they hired me to assist with this initiative (which I agree with and do since I designed the layout and image templates for the email) but because of that said I should always be available to help (which I am but seriously it’s the most backwards approach to production I’ve ever witnessed in 10 years of working). Overall the exchange was very unprofessional on there side and was met with a lot of finger pointing and taking zero accountability for the communication methods or approach.
Essentially, a coworker got a non-promotion and BECAME a client from hell out of nowhere. Mind-boggling.