I have not written about this, and probably that was the wiser path. However, I am now having nightmares and dread at the thought of walking into my office each day. You see, I have a problem employee. Her last outburst has left me very angry and a bit traumatized.
She is on vacation for a few days now. She will be back tomorrow. Yesterday I sat at her desk for a minute and noticed a cartoon taped to the wall, I took a photo, it is above. Who would post something like that?
I work within a huge system where you can’t just fire people. You have to document, document, document. I have been doing so since November. At a meeting last week, two people complained to me about her. I had to confront her about these complaints, and she started crying and then stood up and yelled and pointed at me and said “YOU NEED TO TELL ME WHO SAID THIS!!!!” etc., etc., etc. Not one second did she take to consider what they said and try to see how two different people would come up with the same complaint. She blamed me and the mystery (to her) people who complained. She went out into the department and continued her tearful rage. Then she left for vacation. Thank God.
I had nightmares about her over the weekend. I hate to think she is getting to me like this. But it is the truth. I don’t like being yelled at. I don’t like being threatened.
But here is my truth: I am her boss. I have the support of my boss and all the way up the chain of command. I have communicated with them through every step in this problem. I am three or four years from retirement. I am not trying to further my career. I am in the job I want to keep until I leave. And the other truth is: she is overly confident. Her work is of poor quality. She makes snap decisions that are frequently wrong. She cannot be convinced that right actions are more valuable than fast actions. I will continue to document, document, document. And someday she will no longer be a problem to me.
Writing this I realize that I need to have a meeting with my boss and her. My boss is an absolutely no-nonsense kind of guy. He is not at all impressed by girls crying. And he is definitely not going to tolerate someone standing up, yelling and pointing at him, every sentence starting with “YOU NEED TO…..” And perhaps THEN she will realize that she is in deep s**t, and needs to either shape up or leave.
I don’t need to prove anything to her or anyone else either. I am a human being with limitations. Being traumatized by an employee is not something I am likely to tolerate for long.
Thanks for listening (reading) if you have. I will likely delete this after a day or so. It is not smart to post this, but I sure feel better having done so.
Oh! And here’s another picture of my cat. Sitting on the arm of my chair while I knit!