Male colleague keeps asking me for “help” him in doing all his mundane dev work 😒
I joined this Client ( a big bank ) side project in May ( as a contingent worker and the only female developer in the team ) and this male colleauge ( has been on the project an year longer and is a FTE ), who has otherwise been helpful during my learning curve, keeps “requesting” me to “help” him do all the mundane work a developer needs to do to see their changes thru ( like :- fix builds, update new pipeline in config projects, deploy changes, retire older versions, check logs , follow up on email with QA and others etc etc ). Of course he does his code changes and talks to business directly but most other things not so prolific things he asks me to do for him .... I didnt even realize and kept on doing it since I joined.... only recently started seeing the pattern ... and while sometimes he may actually be busy most other times he’s not . So he’ll ask me to “help” him and then chit-chat with other teammates or head to the gym or lunch or leave for the day etc .
I have more than a decade of experience and I hate being treated like a personal secretary.... but I’m not sure how to bring it up cause he does it very covertly and politely .... also he has more power in the team than I do considering he’s been there longer and is a FTE ....
I don’t want to create ruckus over it but I don’t want to be treated like this anymore ... how should I approach this so I can make it clear I can’t be treated like this and also not make things worse because I complained about something “seemingly” harmless.
PS - Not sure if this adds to the case but the only time in all these months that he asked me to grab lunch was when all the men he usually goes out on lunch with bailed on him.