Office Politics Are Difficult

1st world problems yes. This clearly isn't a crisis or atrocity that I suffer when compared to others.

My day consists of dealing with an employee who's been with the company since the beginning. He manages to put me in situation where I do all the work, and he takes all the credit. When I put my foot down and say "that's not my job, you do it." or "can i get some recognition for this?", suddenly I get called in the Boss' office - "I'm getting complaints that you're not being a team player."

I try to defend myself, but because he is top three earner in the firm, what ever he says goes, and I get a response, "remember, he's the one paying your salary, if it wasn't for sales, we would all be out of a job, so think about that when he asks you for help."

Him asking for help I don't mind, but when he pretends he doesn't know how to do something, like a powerpoint presentation, then calls a client promising we can get the project done tonight, then telling me i HAVE to do the project because he "doens't know a thing about ppt", causing me to stay overnight, only for him to get all the credit, that's what I find frustrating.

I would find another job. Problem is, I have been looking, no responses, and the available jobs in my industry don't pay enough. Sadly I've created a lifestyle that relies on this income.

one day.i'm just going to go postal
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JesusChrist
Fake sick. Let him take the fall. Let him call the client and explain. Learn to set boundaries and say "sorry I cant I already have x y z to do", "I have an important personal meeting later", "I appreciate you delegating responsibility but I feel someone else may be a better fit for this specific role". Or do a s****y job and well just say you had no time.
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