Favoritism at work?

@deejean06 (1953)
United States
March 19, 2009 3:22pm CST
Does anyone else have this problem... There is a fellow employee at my workplace who can do no wrong. I asked for two days off (I'm entitled to two weeks a year) and have not received a response in over a week. I asked again and did not receive a response. But I found out today that my co-worker asked today and received two days off... what is going on? Has something like this happened to you? What did you do? What would you do in my position? I welcome all suggestions! Thanks!
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@rsa101 (24724)
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
Well I guess that happens almost in every workplace you work with. Although it differes from workplace to workplace. In my case, it is the new hirees that get the special attention. They are given the best treatment when they are around They can ask almost everything they want from the office from supplies to even buying a much newer PC for themselves. And after a year or and newer employees come to the seen then these newcomers will once again be given that special privileges that the "old ones" are left wondering why they got it and we here the old ones are not able to do.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Hi rsa...That is so strange...Why on earth would the newer hires get the most and best attention? Is it because they are trying to "woo" these new people so they'll stay at the office? I always thought it was supposed to be the exact opposite - that the people who have been at the company for a long time get the special treatment. After all it's these people who have built the company up so why shouldn't they get special treatment? Thanks for the response.
@rsa101 (24724)
• Philippines
31 Mar 09
I really do not know. We oldies in the company seem to be treated differently than the new hirees. They are given the best, new the best PCs the company can afford. While we try our best to make things better for them to suit our needs to our old and cranky PC and if ever we request for a replacement we would have to go under scrutiny as to why we have to replace our old PCs etc etc.
@rakittera (802)
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
I guess favoritism is common in any workplace. For the situation you are in at the moment, I suggest you follow-up on your leave application. You don't have to be confrontational about it, just follow it up. No mention of the other employee getting apporved for his leave, that will only put your superior on a hot spot and he may like you even lesser for that. Favoritism at work or in any situation is not good, but sometimes you have no choice but to live with it. Just do your work well and stop dwelling on the favoritism. If you are doing really, really well, people are bound to notice eventually and give you the merits you deserve.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Hi rakittera...Some people know the truth about my work load and my work ethic. Others stick their fingers in the wind every day to see which way it is blowing. But I will try to take your advice to heart...I will try just to concentrate on myself and stop dwelling on other thoughts. Thanks for the advice and the response.
@daneg33 (1131)
• Canada
19 Mar 09
That doesn't seem right. Is it a small workplace or a larger one? I would submit a formal request in writing so that you have a record of it. At my work, you just write down on the holiday calendar what days you are taking, after checking with your own boss. There is never a problem with days off. There is, however, a problem with one of my coworkers who REFUSES to take holidays and wants to be paid for them. Truly demented.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Hi daneg...It is a small workplace. And I always submit formal requests in writing because people around here have very short memories and no one ever gets emails. So I learned the hard way to always put a delivery receipt attached to the email so I know that they received the request. Thanks for the advice and the response.