I’ve worked at the same place for the last twelve years. I don’t get into the petty crap that happens all the time. I don’t worry about my job security. I haven’t had anybody working diretly under me for over twelve years. I don’t want to manage a bunch of people anymore.
I now have someone that would work directly under me most of the time. I’ve been around long enough not to have ass kissing influence how I interact with them, and to what I report to higher ups. Yesterday was a pleasant ass kissing experience. It won’t get them ahead with me, but I sat back and enjoyed the treatment yesterday. Now back to the usual. They can just be polite, not rude , do their job, and I’m happy. I was nice to have that special treatment just for one day, though I won’t put up with it for long, as was made clear today of what I expected and won’t put up with.