Bossy Co-worker,Wife of HR Manager

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about bossy,  incompetent coworker :

How to deal with a coworker, the wife of our HR manager? She is bossy, incompetent, unproductive, expects others to do her job and she gets the credit, and she gossips about others. I have complained to our Project Manager. No resolution. I can’t approach HR Manager for obvious reasons.

Signed, Obvious Reasons

Dear Obvious Reasons:

You don’t say, but if you have a Human Resource Manager, I assume your workplace is no mom and pop operation. Nor do you say what is your position or your time with this workplace. You complained about a coworker, whom I’ll call Ms. Jane, but got no results. Why did you complain? Did her work or lack of work or her gossip affect you? Did you document each of these charges? What did you request and expect your Project Manager to do? Are you sure that taking your complaint to HR would not be the place to lodge your complaints? In short, I predict you will continue to be angry and frustrated until and unless you provide real evidence of Ms. Jane’s ineffective behavior. Therefore, rather than allow this to play like a broken record in your head, here are several options to consider:

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