At my dad’s software-developing workplace, there are two men who work under him. They are not very mature even though they’re both over forty years old. They excel mainly at verbally fighting with each other.
One of the men is lazy and tries to get someone else to do his work whenever possible. When he does do his work, he does it quickly and carelessly. The other claims that he was a computer science prodigy and insists that the only right way to do anything is his way. He’s so proud of his work that he wants everyone’s work to mirror his.
You can see how they might rub each other the wrong way.
The following is a recent interaction:
Prodigy: “Hey, so I tested your changes in the search screen, and it looks good, but I’m still encountering problems.” (This man proceeds to give suggestions for how to fix the problems he ran in to, and does so politely.)
Lazybones: “So fix it if your [sic] so concerned about testing my code.”
Prodigy: “Actually, I’m tired of cleaning up after you. But this is a team and that’s what team members do: help each other. A professional (not to mention polite) response would simply be: thank you.”
Then, Lazybones sent this to my father, who is the lead of the project: “AGAIN, this a##hole is being rude. Thanks for continuing to let it go on.”
Apparently being lead of a project means to babysit everyone else….
Finally, Lazybones said to my dad, “One more thing, if I have a choice in the future I would like to not be on projects with this as#. Once is enough. Thanks.”
Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Two fully grown men.