I saw this posted on the same day I had my “enough is enough” moment at work. I started in my current position on September 11, 2015. (Yeah, nice date, right? Maybe I should have taken it as a sign.) For nearly 3 years, I have worked with a peer (same position, title and salary but had been with this unit 17 years longer than me) who has continuously underperformed, missed deadlines, taken credit for others’ work, denied all culpability for their decisions or lack of success, impeded work for other people, lost or mishandled work, missed copious amounts of time, continuously handled personal business at work to such a degree they only “work” part time for all intents and purposes, etc. etc. After ample diplomatic conversations with them about their lack of organization and follow-through, requests that they do things differently, attempts to set up organization tools to help keep them organized, and offers to help, I have gotten nowhere. Last week I discovered work that belonged to me, that should have been handled sooner, on their desk, buried under piles of their own outdated, unorganized work (they asked me to assign work to their staff member in their absence, so I was looking for work on their desk, from their team, to assign to the staff member.) I took the work, and assigned old work to their staff that should have been done months ago.
I said nothing.
It took three days after they were back in the office, and an errant comment in a meeting about their work finally getting done, for them to even notice I had removed large piles of work from their desk. (Just more evidence of their lack of organization and unawareness of the work sitting on their desk.) They sent an email to me yesterday, questioning me about taking work from their desk. I explained in detail the work I took, the work I assigned, and why. Instead of responding “Thsnk You” or just “OK” they chose to respond with a snarky “I had no right” type comment.
The damn broke. I responded with years of pent up disgruntlement about their lack of organization, keeping my work at their desk, their lack of follow through, lack of following procedure, and providing specific examples of how their poor work habits have impeded my own.
I left the office before getting a response. I have no doubt I have a very unpleasant response waiting for me when I return today. I expected that. I knew when I took the work and then laid out all my concerns, that I was opening a can of worms, and this will no doubt get ugly and uncomfortable.
This person will deny and deflect and refuse to admit they are not pulling their weight or doing their job correctly. Instead of this being a wake up call that they are causing problems and friction in the office, and actually trying to discuss and fix it, they will retreat to their typical persecution complex that I am wrong, I am being unfair to them , they have inefficient staff, and more responsibilities than the rest of us (they don’t; in fact, the opposite is true) and that everyone hates them for no reason.
I don’t care. Enough is enough. I will no longer keep silent and ignore the poor work they are doing, just to keep peace. I may not be their supervisor, but I am their co-worker and what they do (or, more accurately don’t do) impacts our office and my work in a seriously negative way.
FYI: Despite their constant excuse of personal/family issues interfering with their ability to concentrate, do better work, or be in the office more, I have never once used my illness and regular bouts of pain and discomfort as an excuse to not show up for work or do my job correctly.
Let the battle begin.