I’ve been very busy the last few weeks at my plantation, working on a large project that requires that I work with another individual on my team to get historical financial data loaded from one system into another system.
Have you ever worked with a person who was clearly over their head?? That’s the dude I’m working with. My boss can’t stand him. (And it’s probably not the most professional thing to be venting to me about him, but I think she’s just fed up!) She would like to get rid of him (meaning re-assign him somewhere else in the company) but it’s not totally up to her. The VP brought him in because he was unstaffed and not on a commercial project. I can send a very detailed email with clear instructions of what he needs to do and he still has a ton of questions. After I re-explain the contents of the email that I just sent, he then proceeds to detail his entire work activities for the day.
My eyes glaze over. I don’t care. My job is to get you what you need so you can get the VP what he needs. Now go away. He does my boss like that too. She says he’s driving her to drink. I asked could share her flask. *sigh*
Coupled with that ineptness is the fact that dude has no social skills at all. One thing I can’t stand is for someone to walk up behind me in my cube and not announce themselves. Dude has done that on several occasions and scared the crap out of me. I have no idea why anyone would just walk up in someone’s work area and just stand there silently like a deaf mute. If I am deep in a spreadsheet concentrating and crunching some data, I will NOT hear you. Dammit, say something! It’s gotta to the point where I’d had to tell him repeatedly that he needs to get my attention before he gets an elbow to the ribs. I wasn’t smiling when I said it, so I think he’s finally gotten the point. He’s also one of those types that doesn’t realize when the office small talk is over, that you shouldn’t hover around, but take it back to your desk and do some work.
But I figure this is a test of my own admittedly short patience, so I take a deep breath, suck it up and drown my sorrows in a couple of margaritas after work as I vent to my husband.
What’s your office environment like? How do you deal with the office idiots??