Hi all, I have a new manager who seems intent on making my working life hell. Main issue is her hostility and argumentative nature. She would argue that grass is blue if someone told her it was green. Even when clear unequivocal evidence is presented to her on a point under dispute, she will find something to argue about, and it never ends. The latest one was her being unhappy about how a word was spelled in a report she read - I wish I could say I'm making this up but I'm not. I got a dictionary out to show her the spelling and she actually asked me to email the publisher of the dictionary to "explore the possibility" the word could be spelled the way she spells it. I sent the email (which was politely worded, short and factual) and was surprised to get a response from someone with lots of letters after their name, who confirmed the dictionary spelling was correct, and kindly asking that we not waste their time with such enquiries She then accused me of being negative in my email to the publisher, stating if I had been more positive, they might have given a different answer! This was followed by a 30 minute meeting in which she spoke non stop, literally, for all of it. She then sent me an email on our corporate values, reminding me that I need to start following them and basically making me out to be a trouble maker. Anyone have any idea on how to deal with a person like this? I've tried not responding (then get accused of not communicating), sending short, polite emails in which case I'm accused of being not fully engaging, and responding in full which results in back and forth emails that can,and do, go on for days. I sometimes spend more time responding to her emails than I do on my actual job. She then has the nerve to question my productivity and has asked me to account - down to the minute - my activity on randomly selected days, sometimes weeks or even months ago. And then come more questions from her. Other people have seen email threads and have said it's ridiculous and they have never been asked to account for their time this way. Sadly, managers in my place back each other up so a grievance etc is out the question (plus the union is frankl useless). I am looking to leave for another job which is the main answer, but Covid is slowing this down. If anyone has any effective strategies I could use in the meantime on how to deal with a person like this I'd be much appreciative.