Post # 1
AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH. We’re the only 2 in the front office, and she is supposed to leave at 1130 and be back by 1230 so then I can go to lunch. It’s 12:37 and she’s still wandering around with her coat on talking to people. She hasn’t left yet!
Now she’s announced she’s leaving. WTF? I’m starving. I want to cry. I can’t tell our boss, b/c she sucks at confrontation and will do it in the open and just embarass me. I’ve addressed it with the coworker before and she always promises she’ll try to leave on time, then this happens. I’ve offered to leave at 1130 instead, but she doesn’t want to do that.
I’m not going to die by not eating on time, but it sure is frustrating.
Post # 3
I would just tell her that if she is not leaving by 11:45 I am out the door and she will have to wait until I return.
This gives her 15 min leeway in case she is on the phone etc.
The key is this can’t be a bluff. You have to be prepared to get up and go.
Post # 5
She just wandered around for an hour talking to people? I’d hop up and announce that you are going to lunch, as it’s your turn.
Post # 6
It would make me feel better, anyway 😀
Post # 7
But if she had jello, she could eat the jello, and not be hungry =]
Post # 8
At 12:30 I would say to her hope you had a great lunch I am sure going to enjoy mine and walk right out the door! What would really piss me off is she is getting paid to walk around for an hour!!!
Post # 9
@ejs4y8: Noone likes Yellow Jello!
On a serious note, I would talk to your manager about how its an inappropriate waste of company time, along with wasting other employees who are working there. If she can’t control her employees tactfully, I’d go above her head.
Post # 10
@ejs4y8: haha. love it.
@twocatcupcake: i would be majorly annoyed too. especially since she essentially milked a two hour lunch. i’d do as jules suggested and start to be more firm with her. its not fair that she’s taking her sweet time like that
Post # 13
@twocatcupcake: Well you could go about 2 ways. Dip the heck out at your official time or, call someone to bring you something. Obiviuosly the nice approach you took by talking to her and even offering to switch didn’t work sooooo. Hit her with a DIVA move and go. She needs a lil Karma anyway.
Post # 14
Like other posters said, I would just get up and leave on your promised lunch time. If she wanted to waste her time walking around talking to people, that’s her problem! Her punishment is to stay back and eat the yellow jello 😉
Post # 15
@MsJ26: My old coworkers would leave on time, but would often “forget” to come back, leaving me stuck at the phone, away from my own desk until 2 hours or so. I’d keep emergency food (not jello, though) in my desk that I could cook in a microwave, and then let them explain to the boss (their husband or father) why I was getting over time at lunch.
I agree with the other people – if she chose not to go during her assigned lunch – you got at your time and tell her on the way out. Make up a reason like a lunch appt. or a time-sensitive errand if it makes it easier to duck out. Her behavior is inexcusable.
Post # 16
So wait, you have to wait for her to take her lunch, even if she takes it an hour late? That doesn’t make any sense. I’d just wait till 11:45 at the latest, then say you’re taking the earlier lunch slot since she hasn’t left yet (I’m assuming there’s two lunch slots with one person taking the earlier one and one person taking the later one.)