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theidolhands asks: Has the type of agency that protects worker's rights (OSHA, Dept of Labor, CRC, ADA, etc) ever visited the workplace of you or someone you knew? Was it routine or did you/someone feel the need to contact them?

Did it help? Were violations ever found?

Well, Boom!

After my post here: http://co-workers-suck.livejournal.com/2248068.html things kind of calmed a little, my mate, I'll call her K for ease, was still trying to pull rank but also seemed a little more stable and stopped sucking up to Boss quite as much. She was still making nasty comments all over the place and every customer seemed to be a bad customer when served by her but for the most part, annoying but not terrible.

Then last week it all sort of went off. I came to work feeling like absolute pants, I'd had a upset stomach but nothing terrible, just enough to make me ratty and tired and K was in full force. She had already complained about two different customers, and how she was supposed to be a mind reader (they hadn't been bad, they were just sleepy because it was early in the morning). There was myself on the till trying to sort out the newspapers while K was doing bakery and café stuff and M doing back stock and our assistant manager getting some cash sorted in the office. I had a steady stream of customers coming through. No queues just one at a time with not much gap to sort out the papers in between. Then a chap came through who also wanted some coffee, so while I can do two things (serve him at the till and scan the papers) I can't do three (make the coffee at the same time) so I hit the bell for someone, hoping for M, to help with the coffee. Along comes K and sneers at me saying in a very vicious tone: "Wow, that's a long queue."

I lost it, I was completely unprofessional and saw red. I threw the money from the customer up in the air and shouted "Well you do three things at once then! I'll go home!"

I went out the back to start leaving while my manager shouted to find out what was going on (she was handling cash so the office door had to be closed). M was out the back and intercepted me and managed to shake some sense into me but heartily agreed that K was out of order. I was furious at her talking to me like I was a child but even more angry because I had acted like one.

I went outside to calm down and the assistant manager came out to see what was going on. She also knew I feeling ill and had a huge amount of pressure on me at the moment (health issues still unresolved) and when she heard what had happened she said she was going to have a word. For most of the day K didn't talk to me and hardly looked at me, she even refused to talk to anyone for else for a couple of hours.

The next day I found out she had tried to throw me under the bus with the manager saying the customer was very likely to complain, then M laughed at her and said no, he would think it was funny. Both M and the assistant manager told her she had to stop making barbed comments and especially to stop aiming them at me. I look back on it and they're right, she did aim an awful lot of stuff right at me, either about me doing my job or not going fast enough or trying to take over things. I'd let most of it sail over my head because of what I thought was friendship. M in the end told me how both she and the assistant manager had seen K make more and more snide comments at me and wondered why I hadn't either complained or lost it earlier.

Funny thing was I saw the customer I lost it in front of and heartily apologised but he said it was fine, we all have bad days. In fact he did laugh, as M said he would, and told me not to worry anymore.

K is still being stroppy all over the place but she's very careful not to direct it at me. Her latest victim is the duty manager who is training here for now. She lords it over him because she's already qualified and he's still in training, completely forgetting that he has been an assistant manager at his old place longer than anything she's done. He's just biding his time now, waiting for her to over step in front of someone else.

Oh and the assistant manager is mentioning it to Boss about how K is behaving. She either needs help or needs to step off.

Goodness, that got long, sorry.

3-Day Meltdown

I work in a hospital kitchen.  We're chronically understaffed (partly due to harrassment from a couple full-timers, let's call them Problem and Slacker).  There's a twice a week task that involves restocking minifridges for the inpatient wards, usually done by someone who comes in 5 hours after the rest of the day shift, with day shift going for lunch when that person comes in.  I don't mind doing it because it gets me out of the kitchen for a couple hours, but Slacker tries to get out of it when she can and half-asses the job when she can't.

The week leading up to Day 1, Slacker had been out for several days for medical reasons.

Day 1 of the meltdown, she called in one last time, which just happened to be her turn for stocking.  Supervisors can't get anyone to come in, and only one person even answered their phone, so we have to wait to do the stocking on the following day, and still struggle to get the regular stuff done (with a lecture from one supe wanting to know why the dishes in the pots room weren't done and a private talk with another detailing what I did).

Day 2, I have no idea if Slackeris coming back, so I skip some of my regular tasks to get dishes in the pots room done. I actually get it down to a reasonable level, so when she does show up, all she really has to do is fill a couple sinks and keep working.  Or get started on the stocking that should have been done the day before.  Instead, she goes and does busy work.  I come off lunch to find nothing had been done in the pots room.  And by nothing, even the two sinks were still empty.  She comes back and starts ranting about how we always leave work for her.  At the time, I thought she was talking about the pots.  Looking back, I suspect she meant the stocking.

Day 3, I'm delivering the mid-morning snacks, and a nurse in one of the wards tells me they're out of stuff that should have been brought up on stock day.  I go back down and find a bin of stuff that was clearly meant for the floor.  I take it upstairs where it was supposed to go, but it takes time, because I also have to check for and pull expired stuff.  I get back down and go on with my job... only to realize I'd missed something else (with the inevitable "Why isn't this done?!?" because of covering for Slacker... which I only did because, ultimately, she was screwing over the patients.

BTW:  The following stock day was my turn and, surprise, there was plenty of expired stuff that should have been pulled by Slacker.

The BS never ends

Cut for ranting and some strong language.
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theidolhands asks: Did any of your current or past co-workers/bosses have annoying or strange eating habits?
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theidolhands asks: Ever had a job that required a "quota"? How'd that go?

What tactics did you employ to make your goal? Were there rewards or punishments?

I hate you all some days

THIS is what I have to deal with every day:
I sent out an email. "Order express servers are down right now. You are going to get calls from dealers please don't put theses calls through to me as I am busy trying to resolve the issue. Please explain that we are working on a resolution but we do not have an ETA for resolution at this time. They will not be able to use Order Express until the issue is resolved."
Easy enough right? Queue the CSRs
CSR1: I just got an email from ___dealer who said they are getting an error stating the OE servers are down. Is this what your email was about?
CSR2: Keeps putting calls through to me about it instead of just saying what I told them to.
CSR3: Hey I can't print orders in order express does that email you sent out have anything to do with that?
CSR4: Is it fixed yet? Is it fixed yet? Is it fixed yet?
I am going to kill these fuckers.

Yes, I know, we're all sick

Guys,

For the last two weeks all of you have been whining and complaining because you're sick. Sore throat, sniffling, a bit of coughing. Nothing REALLY major that I could see. I mean....I've worked with much worse. Well...today I had it.

Yeah...sore throat, fever, coughing. Still, I came into work, did my job,although I did decide to leave as soon as I finished feeding and taking care of the cats. Leaving dishes and such for tomorrow.

While I was there, one of you called in because (according to the call) he was OMG SNIFFLING.

One of you sat there for over an hour because you 'didn't feel well'

The other one was going slower than I was. (and for a 20 something to be slower than a sick and tired nearly 60? not good)

Don't know if the dogs got taken care of or not. Don't really care....but if anyone of you says word ONE about the cat lady going home early because she was sick...Especially when all of you get days off, I don't. None of you do extra work (like sweeping, mopping, laundry) and I do. For that matter, if anyone says much to me, I might just call in a couple of days.

Have a nice day.
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theidolhands asks: Have you ever had to train your replacement?

Did you realize that was going on at the time? Where'd they come from?

How'd it turn out?

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theidolhands asks: Can you describe a time that a co-worker/boss made a useless or bad suggestion to "improve" the workplace?

Did it become policy? Ever get repealed?

Did you ever make a suggestion that was ignored or got you into trouble?

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