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Ask Amy: Nasty remark has long legs at work

Ask Amy: Nasty remark has long legs at work

Dear Amy: I made a nasty remark to a co-worker two years ago and have since tried to make amends. Unfortunately, my co-worker will have no part of it.

I've tried complimenting him on tasks that he's done at work, only to be met with an icy stare. Sometimes he ignores me.

When there are extra things to be done, he will never ask me to do them — and I would gladly volunteer for these tasks.

I have seen several other staff members with him, and then they start to ignore me, so I know he's influencing them in some way.

I don't need him to like me, but I just want a better work environment. What can I do differently to change his attitude toward...