If you have a job that requires interaction with other people, chances are you’ve crossed paths with a pushy co-worker at some point. Sometimes it’s blatant, as in someone foisting extra work on you because they don’t feel like doing it themselves. In other cases, it might be subtler and harder to spot, as was the case for Ellen Mullarkey, VP of business development for Messina Group Staffing.

Early in her career, Mullarkey worked with someone who was always offloading extra work onto her. She didn’t realize at first what was happening—just that she was constantly swamped in work and struggling to keep up. Over time, she started to notice him taking credit for work she had completed.


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