Post # 1
I work in a job where there is a lot of physical labor. There are three departments in my job. Our hours are from 4am-10am and for one hour out of those six, everyone in 2 of the departments is supposed to drop what they’re doing (regardless if they have a lot of things to do) and go to the 3rd department and work it. We call it “ganging up.” NONE of us like to do it. It’s exceptionally harder work than the other two departments, and in a temperature of 30 degrees (which is the purpose of ganging up, because it would be unfair to have that as it’s own department).
Well, there are a few exceptions of people who don’t have to go gang up in this other department (various sub-departments with a lot more of a work load than the rest of us) there are only two of them. And then there is this one woman who isn’t a part of those sub-departments and doesn’t have as much of a work load as those exempted departments. I know this because I use to be in charge of her department, and I did it by my self when I did. Now she has an extra person in there helping her, cutting her work load in half. But she still does not gang up. This woman is just lazy. When she got put in my department after me, she complained that she couldn’t do all the duties because it was too much, so they gave her help. She also doesn’t do various other things that our job requires (small things).
Well, everyone complains that she doesn’t have to gang up, and “why does she get special treatment?” Because no one likes doing it, but we have to, so she should too. I am the only one who had addressed this issue with management, and at a later date they told me that they spoke with her and she is now required to gang up. That was two weeks ago. She still has not done it. When I asked my manager again today (because other employees were complainig to me about her) his reply was “Myname, I don’t want to hear you bring this up again, worry about yourself, don’t worry about what HERname is doing.”
So now I am really irritated, because at my job they stress “team work” and that “everyone does the same work.” It’s an issue that a lot of us are irritated about, but yet we get no answers and no action. And because I am the only one with the balls to ask WHY, I am under the impression that I am getting the reputation of a complainer. I am not “complaining” for the sake of complaining, I am simply addressing an issue that a lot of people are unhappy with. So now I don’t know what I should do. The principle of the matter really bothers me, but now I’m a “complainer.” Now I am wondering if I should continue to go up the chain of command or just shut up and let it go.
Sorry this is so long, I really just needed to get that off my chest,
Post # 3
In all jobs fields there are usually a few bad eggs who like to do nothing while everyone else takes up more than their fair share. I don’t have a manual labor job (which would make it even MORE irritating) but I still have to deal with it. Unfortunately, not everyone shares the same work ethic, and those lazy people are probably not going to change. For whatever reason, she’s getting away with it, and without understanding or knowing her situation or all the politics involved, I can’t really speculate as to why, but I’m assuming that it probably has been noticed by management already, even without you pointing it out. Maybe it’s favoritism by a supervisor, or maybe they really just HAVEN’T noticed it (I know, that seems unlikely), and when you point it out to them, they’re viewing it as criticism or a threat to their own job.
I KNOW how irritating it is, trust me, but unfortunately it’s not your job (or mine) to make too much of a ruckus about it. The people that are standing back and letting others do all the work are probably not going to get good reviews when the time comes, but until then it’s really just up to their immediate supervisor to address their work ethic (or lack thereof).
Post # 4
I know you and the others’ are irritated about this, but maybe this lady has some health issues that will not allow her to do the gang up thing. Managers are not allowed to specify why when there are medical issues involved. Since the manager said not to worry about it, I would think that that is why.
Post # 5
We have some people who have health issues, but we generally know about them. It could be the case, but no one knows. My job is a pretty hard job, and I am one of 5 women (out of 45) who do it, and when people apply for the job they are told the physical demands that are expected. I appreciate your replys, it definitely helps to have some feedback when you’re heated. Sometimes (at least I know in my case) you don’t think/see things clearly when you’re frusturated or angry. Thank you Okqueenbee & noritake22. 🙂
Post # 6
I know you’re meaning well and that this is really unfair (it is), but it sounds like you have done all you can. Now all that’s left is to let it go. They talked to her about it but you don’t know what happened in the meeting. Either she is now blatantly disobeying orders, in which case the managers can see this and decide what to do, or she presented some extenuating circumstance for not participating that your managers found acceptable. Either way, the ball is in their court now. Even if they do let her get away with it, complaining at this point isn’t going to get you anywhere. It sucks, but I think you’re stuck. I would just try to focus your attention elsewhere. Even if this woman doesn’t get in trouble this time around, her laziness is going to hurt her in the end, whereas you will succeed because you care about doing a good job.
Post # 7
Actually, I remember now that she doesn’t have a medical reason because they did tell her she had to gang up, but yet she still doesn’t.
It’s funny actually, another co-worker I work with said that yesterday her manager directly above her asked her to gang up and she blantantly said no. The manager just said, “ok…” and walked off. And I believe my co-worker. Her manager, though a nice guy, is very passive aggressive and isn’t very “boss like.” He’s more likely to ask someone if they want to do something, rather than tell someone to do something. This woman is a type-a personality, and thinks she deserves special treatment. She’s actually kind of a B**** and not a lot of people like her. She walks around all the time, sits in the office on the computer talking to other employees, and always bosses people around. I think that’s why it bothers me so much, because she’s just rude AND lazy. Two traits I don’t like in people.