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Old 06.01.2017, 15:15
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Thanks again.. I can rule out the jealously part because I might have taken a position she wanted.. my job requires English as mother language - she is native Swiss with mediocre English skills, plus I work for a tech company, and she has no technical background (I have a BS in engineering). She is literally an office administrator, answering the phone, generating invoices, managing the CRM. I will know more soon... I can't see ignoring her forever as a viable solution. Anyway, we have the company ski weekend in 2 weeks... she will be there, lots of booze...
Ooh theres a CRM system you can screw up for her, hours on the helpline to fix messes in these types of system
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It's colloquially called a dialect, but from a linguistic standpoint Swiss German easily meets the basic criteria for being considered a distinct language. (Linguistics is one of the things I studied.)
Which criteria? I'm honestly interested.

To me I've always thought of Swiss German's relation to German being like Glaswegian's (Glaswegeian English) relationaship to standard English...
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Re: How to deal with difficult co-worker

And it doesn't work with policemen

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Old 08.01.2017, 11:59
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Which criteria? I'm honestly interested.
Probably based on ISO 639-3.
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Re: How to deal with difficult co-worker

So, OP......did you make friends with the difficult co-worker in the end?

It seemed like a very urgent and insufferable situation back then....what happened?
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Old 20.03.2017, 23:00
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Re: How to deal with difficult co-worker

well, it's been status quo for weeks (months). I finally decided to act, and invited her to lunch. So we went out for lunch. Had a civil conversation (I think). It was clear, though, that she wanted it to be as short as possible.

I would say our relationship went from minus 80 to minus 20. So, a small bit of progress.

She's still a bitch. But I have learned she is that way because she is insecure and unhappy. I will just stick to being polite and professional. What other option do I have?
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Re: How to deal with difficult co-worker

I guess you can't expect everyone to like you, and yes involving others (especially management/HR) is not great if the problems are just in a social capacity. Even if you think her behavior could potentially be seen as unprofessional.

Maybe just find someone to rant to (like this forum) as a way of blowing off steam, and continuing to have civil conversations.

Doubt this will be the last time you are in this situation, so having some experience on how to deal with it will probably prove useful.
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Just ignore......... not worth your time to worry about it..... jobs here are hard to get.........
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