Wanting some advice. I manage higher up’s close friend and they are not qualified to do the work. I have been trying to steer the person in the right direction for weeks, & they don’t take feedback well and blame others. There was a particular meeting where this happened in front of others & they got frustrated and this got back with my boss and I’ve been told I need to work on empathy. The irony here is in past reviews my strongest feedback has been my relationship building skills.

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Do I just play politics and deal with it? I have been asked to put together an outline on how I will fix my behavior, and that leadership is not worried about him. I get negative feedback on his performance almost daily from his coworkers. I’m in a tough spot, and it is unfortunate because otherwise I love my job.

Thank you! This is great advice.

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