So.....we've got this one woman in our department.
She cries and moans about how over-worked she is - all the freakin' time.
Seriously? I've been at this company for almost nine years, in this particular department for at least six years. And can I tell you? I have yet to meet one person who is over-worked. Period. In fact, I'm thinking my company should hire me as an efficiency consultant; because I know what dead wood looks like when I see it.....
Anyway, this particular woman has been known to go "missing" during the day. Her lunch hours seem particularly long and her days particularly short.
The woman who held my job before me (who has since left the company) once told me (after she left) that this woman had told her that she would leave her purse at her desk and her computer on so folks would think she was around somewhere. (ok - first off, how bright is that? To actually tell someone who works with you your ploy?). She once mentioned to another employee that she'd gone out to see a movie in the middle of the day! (yeah, not the brightest bulb in the package....) So yeah, we all know that she is screwing off. Not our business. Whatever. Karma, baby. (unfortunately, karma seems to take it's own sweet time about coming around....)
Until....she starts foisting work off on the rest of us. Which, really? Would be fine if you are sooooo swamped, but when your not....doesn't really foster that team atmosphere now does it? But whatever, none of us are so busy that we can't handle it. In fact, some of us even welcome it - because nothing makes a day longer than having nothing to do. And besides it kind of makes us look even better when the annual reviews come around....
But today? Do you know what happened today?
Her immediate supervisor was out (and he's a whole 'nother post in himself.....and I'm pretty sure he knows what she's up to but doesn't care because he's cut from the same cloth.....). And suddenly, she went missing. Normally, we wouldn't really notice because she's around the corner. But then not one, but two, people came around asking if we'd seen her. . . of course, we hadn't - but antennaes were raised at the mention of her computer being on and her purse sitting there....
A little while later, a co-worker went to drop some paperwork off in the missing woman's supervisor's office. It was locked, but the co-worker had a key so she let herself in. Guess who was in the floor? With the lights off? Apparently, when she heard the key, she began to scramble and act like she'd dropped something. But no, it was pretty apparent....she was sleeping in there!
This woman comes and goes as she pleases. She disappears for long stretches of time. She is foisting her work off on other people - and . . . she is napping in the her boss' office?
First of all - where does she get the nerve? I could never even begin to think about pulling some of the stuff she does (but then again, I have a work ethic....). And particularly in this economy! People are fighting for jobs out there - and for a job at this company? Forget about it. Most of the people here are "lifers" and for good reason! And second of all, seriously? Does she really think no one notices? Or makes comments?
I would like to think she's seriously worried (I hope) that my co-worker doesn't drop a comment to key people. But somehow....I doubt it. She's skated this long - why should she start worrying now?
Seriously, they need to hire me as a consultant - I know dead wood when I see it.
Yeah, I know. Three posts in one day....I'm on a roll!