Business in the motorcycle industry tends to take a nosedive in the winter months so my boss told me earlier this week that he is cutting down employee hours by one day a week. So instead of getting 40 hours a week, I would be getting 32. This is one of the reasons that I took a part-time job- so that I wouldn't feel the crunch quite so bad.
Well, I work in the service department, but I am cross-trained in the parts department so that I am able to help them out when necessary. The parts manager just gave his 2 week notice so my boss calls me into the office and asks me if I would work in parts on Mondays. Of course, I jumped on this because that means that I could keep my 40 hour work week. It was very good news for me and it made me feel good that the boss felt confident enough in me to ask me to do it.
One of my good friends works here as well. She has a completely different job from me and makes a significant amount of money more than I. That doesn't bother me in the least, however, she begrudges anything that benefits me. When she had found out that I got a raise last year, she was very upset because she hadn't gotten a raise even though she had asked. Keep in mind that she is probably one of the higher paid employees here. I had worked here for 2 years before getting a raise and I deserved it. I work hard and am very reliable. Now today, I told her about my good news and she started ranting and raving about it. I called her out on it and asked her why she couldn't even be happy for me and she just patted me on the shoulder and said, I forgot, it's all about you...!!!!! I was appalled. First of all, she doesn't even work 40 hours a week now!!! She rarely comes in on Fridays and when she does, it is only for a morning meeting and then she leaves. The only way that this reduction even affects her is that it is a Monday instead of Friday. Second of all, she is married and they share paying the bills. I am single- living with just my 19 year old, and while he helps, he certainly isn't paying the lion's share or even half. Which is fine- I don't expect him to. Finally, I think I am just frustrated because I am her sounding board for everything and even if I start a conversation about something going on in my life, she brings it around to her issues or what's going on with her. There are so many good things about her and I love her unconditionally, but I am just so frustrated. How do you deal with someone that is so narcissistic? How do you respond when someone has so much more than you do, however, seems to not like it when positive things happen to you? My feelings are truly hurt.