Post # 1
Need some advice. This is going to end up long, so I apologize in advance. I’ve been with my current job for nearly 6 years. I’ve been turned down on a continuous basis for promotions etc, all with no valid reason.(I was told I don’t go “above and beyond” or “a promotion really takes a lot”. Never anything specific) It’s a very large company, and unfortunately there has been a lot of shady things going on here over the years. I’ve contacted HR before with absolutely zero results. It actually made things worse. I am not alone in this. There are other employees who are facing the exact same scenario either currently or in the past few years. So there is a culture here of abuse and discrimination.
A little under 2 years ago, we got a new hire in my dept who we will call J. J was supposed to replace our receptionist who quit. Instead of becoming our new receptionist, she ended being one and the same as my position leaving our entire dept (which was originally 3) to manage the phones etc. J started continuously calling out of work, coming in late or leaving early. She even called out the first day of the new year!! She was of literally no help to us and my other co-worker “X” was constantly covering her work. J was constantly abusing the system since she walked in the door. X got a promotion in June and is now in another dept. I am now being forced to do the job of two people since J is out of work or leaving early at least once a week. J became pregnant a few months ago, and is now using it to her advantage. In our company, we are not permitted to take any time off unpaid. To date, J has gone over her allotted time off (which btw is 2 weeks vaca, 3 personal and 6 sick days) by 20 hours. I am absolutely fed up doing everything around here and management is of no help. I am actively looking for a new job and have interviewed with several employment agencies. Is there anything else I can do while I’m stuck here? The stress is getting to me to the point where I cry on my way to work. I’m at my breaking point.
Post # 3
@Pixie26: you said you have a big company. Do you have an ethics department ? (I work for a large company and we do).
Post # 4
@BellaDee: we have an ethics hotline (i sincerely doubt you remain anonymous). im not sure exactly what i would tell them since technically, im not certain theyre doing anything illegal
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
Do you have to do her work? Does it harm you if her work isn’t done? And if you don’t like what’s going on and are leaving anyways, I would stop doing her work for her. You are allowing this to happen by continually covering for her. Once production is impacted management will take notice. Sometimes nothing happens until management starts looking bad. Although I would be very cautious if this is the path you choose.
About the ethics hotline PP mentioned above… Do you really, honestly care if you’re anonymous or not? If she is claiming 8 hours a day, working 5 hours a day, and being paid for all 8, she is illegally recording time and in many companies (as a matter of fact, I don’t know of A SINGLE COMPANY where this is tolerable behavior) this is grounds for termination. No one likes being stolen from.
Post # 6
If you have been going above and beyond, qualify for the descriptions of the levels above you, etc, you need to make a list of all the examples of your achievements, dedication, etc and take it higher up the chain. If they still give you the run around, you need to find a new job and demand a higher position/salary at that job. Gotta have your own back!
Post # 7
@crayfish: +1. You have to advocate for yourself. There is no worse feeling than being silent while you are being abused. If you at least speak up, even if nothing is done you can say to youself “I’ve done all there is to do”. And just continue to ramp put the job search.
Post # 8
@Pixie26: Will it effect you if her work is not done? I would also stop covering for her.
Post # 9
thanks for the responses. let me clarify a few things
I dont cover any of J’s work unless i absolutely have to (boss requests i do something). However, i am forced to play secretary alone which is a job in itself. constant interruptions all day everyday. J frequently roams around through our warehouse for over an hour leaving me by myself. My boss never says a word to her. He knows im reliable so just figures i will handle things. ive had conversations with my boss and outlined all of my accomplishments. i dont think he even bothered to read it. its very insulting.
@LMD: i suppose being anonymous doesnt matter much anymore. and you are 100% right. i think she has been lying on her time card. my boss has to approve it first before your paycheck goes through so i think he knows exactly whats going on. she was messing around with another employee here who is related to an executive here, and im wondering if that somehow is playing a role.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
@Pixie26: If the company is as large as you say, I doubt messing around with a relative of an executive will help her much. Sounds like your manager is just as guilty. I’d hit up that hotline asap. Get rid of that bad apple!
Post # 11
@Pixie26: Can you ask your boss if he would rather you do your work or answer phones? Because you can’t do both and J never seems to be around. This puts him on the spot and you can try to force him to give one responsibility priority.
I would probably start ignoring the phone and just answer voicemails when I get around to it. But I don’t know what your job is and if that is supposed to be a significant part of it.