- 4 years ago
Going anon for this, because there are a few girls in my office getting married soon, and I’d like to reduce the chance of this being narrowed down to me!
This is long, try to stick with me!
Some VERY relevent background:
I work for a small, privately owned Doctors office. We have about 30 employees. The work environment is very laid back, especially considering we work with patients and medical conditions daily. We generally have alot of fun at work, because we spend all day with friends. The Doctors are all very laid back and don’t really care what’s going on as long as they don’t get any complaints from the patients. The office manager calls all the shots, but he is basically a grown up teenager. He spends all day joking around with the employees and talking about his personal life and basically avoids any type of confrontation/criticism/punishment – so basically everything a manager needs to do. If someone absolutely needs to be written up (which has only happened about 3 times in the last 6 years), he will temporarily appoint someone to be the “department head” for the day and make them deal with the employee. If there is any type of employee conflict, he encourages them to go to lunch together and work it out, rather than get involved – no matter how serious the matter is. One employee was seriously bullying and harrassing another for months, absolutely refusing to do any sort of work at all, and just making this girls life absolutely miserable. When she went to the manager and said she was being harassed and was afraid to speak up because of how the bully would respond, and was basically afraid to come to work anymore, the manager laughed it off and threw some money at her to go to lunch to “hash it out”.
Despite our manager, everyone stays at this job because we are generally treated very well. The Doctors are very generous and are involved and truly care about our personal lives (attending weddings, baby showers, catching up with us on a daily basis) which is something that doesn’t happen often with physicians as a boss. Everything is very flexible. We are allowed to take off as much time as we want, as long as there is someone to work for us. I was able to take off 6 weeks of time for my wedding and honeymoon. Partially unpaid of course, however there were no problems even though i only had 4 weeks of time off saved up. If someone wants to switch to working part time, or even temporarily cut their hours (like for their kids summer break), no problem! Let them know when/if you want to switch back. Start taking a morning class at the gym that runs into to start of the work day? Ok, we’ll change your schedule so you start at 8:30 instead. The extreme flexibility of the job is what keeps everyone there. The only downfall to the place is the incompetant boss.
SO – last week was an incredibly taxing week for everyone at the office. We are short staffed, training new employees, has multiple surgical patients with complications, many angry patients and just alot of craziness happening. Our office was only open in the morning for Good Friday. All week long one of the employees was joking that we should bring in some sort of alcohol to drink that morning. We frequently JOKE about doing a happy hour lunch on Fridays, so this isn’t completely unheard of. She mentioned it to the boss, and he simply said “Oh yeah! That sounds like fun!” Well this employee apparently decided that was approval and put her plans into motion.
Friday morning rolls around, and there aren’t any department managers or the office manager working. Just one Doctor and the rest of us “regular” employees. So basically, no one “in charge”. This employee and her work best friend, are both drinking coffee from a specialty shop, rather than their regular office coffee. They also brought in their own “creamer” in an unmarked container. So all morning long, they continued to pour their “creamer” into their coffee cups, long after the coffee was gone. I smelled it, and it was 100% some sort of irish cream alcohol. They also concocted some sort of alcoholic fruit salad that they muched on all morning long. These two employees work directly with our patients all day long. It’s not like they are sitting in some quiet office by themselves (not that it would excuse it). They aren’t doing anything medical, or touching the patients, however they need to speak and interact with them all day. By the end of the morning they were sitting at their desks, blankly staring into space with glazed over eyes. Totally trashed. Obviously 100% unacceptable. I am really angry and in disbelief they thought this would be okay.
I absolutely want to turn them in. Especially since the employee who started it is the aforementioned bully who has made everyone at the office miserable. Here’s my concern. They made it very clear to me what they were up to, and even invited me to join them. No one else knows about it. If I turned them in, it would be obvious it was me. Now, in a normal work environment, this wouldn’t be a problem. I would turn them in, the boss would look through their office emails to see that they pre-arranged this ( I saw over her shoulder) and fire them. Expcept at my job, the boss would not fire them. He would probably mention it, but nothing else. So then, these two drunkards know it was me who turned them in, PLUS I still have to work with them every single day. And they can both be absolutely miserable, mean bitches. I don’t want to be in that situation. But, I don’t think it’s ok to let them get away with this!
What the heck should I do?!
PS – it has been brought up many times, that unless it is a medical emergency, we are NEVER to go to the physicians with any complaints. Any problems are to go to the office manager, and the Doctors do not want to be bothered with the drama in the office. We have been told by department managers and the Doctors themselves, that if they are brought into the office politics by anyone other than the manager, then the snitch will face corrective action as well.