Yes, yes, you win at charm school. Except not.
Let's call her C. She's a Type A person and a scatterbrain. It's not a good combination. I have taken a lateral transfer to get away from her. (Thank goodness she's not my supervisor.)
C put the entire unit on a project in September and we told her it would take the entire rest of the semester and some of the new year to get it 100% completed, and that would be with us working on NOTHING else.
One of the complaints that KR and I have long had about C is that she cannot communicate clearly.
This here is a classic example.
C: Kadymae & KR, I'm looking for the Dr. Scratchandsniff Archives project. I met with Professor Soandso this summer. I remember we talked about it and I thought it was added to the queue? Can you advise?
KR and I look at eachother. A simple control F finds it in our queue.
KR and I: Go here, control F or A to Z sort, you'll find it.
C: Oh, I know about that and I see it there, but I need to know when it is starting.
KR and I: Do you recall this conversation we had back in September about what this unit would be working on for the rest of the year ....?
(C is the person who is taking over my job as project manager and scheduler, because, in her opinion, I'm not good at it. [It's not that the projects that we take on are big and complex, and we're understaffed, it's that we're lazy and incompetent, and I clearly have no head for details or time management.])
Our other complaint about C is that any thank you she makes is purely pro-forma, and usually done when she's got the eye of her supervisor on her. KR and I have mentioned this several times to our supervisor, G, but it's fallen on deaf ears. (Our problems with C have been written off as a "personal conflict" and nothing more.)
I have been busting my butt to train people, structure the next phase of Big Project, and pack my cubicle, on top of attending a 2 day class for work.
My supervisor, G, came to me yesterday morning and asked if I could some how squeeze in 2 small projects, since I was no longer doing Big Project. I had spent all morning training G in the workflow for Big Project and it was eye-opening to him how F'in hard and time consuming it is. (G has tried as hard as possible to ignore my unit, but now he can't any more and the lightbulbs are starting to turn on.)
Since C has complained that we don't communicate with her, I sent off an email (cc'd to G).
Since I've taken care of a few things and have the time, and since the Sally and Jane CV updates are short, I have the time to finish them before I leave. G suggested it as a courtesy to fellow library faculty, and I'm happy to do it.
I appreciate the heads up.
(Sally and Jane's stuff would not have gotten posted until sometime in 2014, if not for me.)
G comes into my cubicle: Have you seen C's response?
G: She didn't say Thank You?!
(KR sticks her head over the top of the cubicle and asks what's up. I read my email and C's response.)
KR: Yup, that's pretty par for the course for C.
G: What a bitch!
And yes, if G had been a better, more involved supervisor and gone to bat for me, I'd've stayed with that unit. (KR is planning on how to make her transfer out.)