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Maybe I am giving myself too much credit, but I normally get along well with everyone and I can handle workplace stress really well. Give me all the annoying patrons and odd computer crashes!

But what I can't handle are coworkers who only seem to care about themselves. In 10 years, I haven't met someone who has pissed me off more than this one person (K) does.

She can be real nice and cool when she wants to be. She's into a lot of trendy shows and has a wide range of knowledge with pop culture. She is also very efficient with job stuff and it puts the rest of us to shame.

On her first day, her greeting to all of us was "Don't get too attached to me. I won't be here for long." That was almost a year ago now. She keeps applying and getting pretty close to getting another job. She has a 40 hour a week circ position now, but she claims that our library is too small and not enough to do. I think she really just wants to work at a bigger branch where everyone just has 1 type of job and you keep busy doing that thing. We have a 9 staff library and have been working on 6-7 staff for about 2 years now due to injury and people leaving.

It came down between K and one other person for getting a job she really wanted. She didn't get it. She came to work while three of us were gathered around a computer. All of us were upset because one of our coworkers who had been out with injury for over a year was finally being replaced. "I don't want to talk about it" was her greeting. At our WTF faces, she repeated herself and stormed off.

I have a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Going through aisles when someone else needs to as well. (I always insist on pulling out of the parking lot last because of this). The aisles are wide enough for two. She walks right down the middle and would seriously run you over if you happen to be in her way. She doesn't even try to give you a little more room. She has a goal in mind and thinks of nothing else along the way.

Sometimes there are errors with the patron computers. I am good with figuring things out. I took over for her - she called me over - to get something squared away. Then when I tried to explain to her later what I did, she said she didn't care.

Was trying to have a discussion with her about a problem patron - we goofed and they got away with something for free. I was just trying to state how they shouldn't have had XX without giving the money first and she told me she was done arguing and walked away.

And today, she is going to an even and going to buy something for one of my coworkers (C). She was waiting by the door while the rest of us gathered our things. She had her wallet out and was looking at her money. C asked if she wanted to be paid first and she snapped something that pretty much translated to NO. I shared a look with C and we both walked out the door to wait for coworker to set the alarm. Coworker said something like "Don't you want to go over the list?" as we left, but not even C replied. C is real easy to work with, but I can tell she is getting fed up with K, too.

K is besties with another coworker, and they hang out a lot after work. And she will talk to us of she is in the mood. And it is fun to see her geek out on things. She doesn't seem to hate us, so I don't get why sometimes she acts like she does. Unless PMS? I totally feel RAGE for about 3 days out of every month. Maybe I will make a chart of when she is being the most annoying and see how things match up?

I wouldn't recommend her to anyone, but I will write a glowing review for her if it will get her out of our hair. She is screwing up the feel of our family.

So. Congratulations if you made it through all that lol. This rant has been building for a while now, but today I think was the first day she ever had the door slammed in her face!

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silveradept
Aug. 23rd, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, goodness. That person is toxic and we hope they get to go somewhere where they actually want to be soon, so they stop screwing up your dynamic.
argh_101
Aug. 23rd, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
Ugh. As someone who used to work with a person who came with a glowing review from the library that wanted to unload him, I both feel your pain and worry for the next library that lands this horror.
theidolhands
Aug. 24th, 2014 10:18 am (UTC)
yeah, i'd rather they ran her out with write-ups and meetings about attitude adjustments
fleurdiabolique
Aug. 24th, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
PLEASE don't write a glowing review for a problem coworker. I know you want her gone - but if you can't bring yourself to have sympathy for the next library that might hire her, at least consider your own professional reputation. If I found out that someone knowingly gave a falsely positive reference for a problematic hire, I'd think very poorly of the person who lied. You could be seriously damaging your reputation with other librarians - and this is not a large field, word will get around. Anyone who pulled this with me would get on my "do not ever work with or hire" list right along with the bad hire.

(What really should happen if she has attitude problems is that management should address them up to and including termination if she doesn't change. It doesn't sound like you're in a position to do that, unfortunately. I have real sympathy for having to work with a horrible person, but lying to dump her on another unsuspecting employer really might come back to bite you.)
evila_elf
Aug. 24th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
I am also not in a position to ever need to write her a review :) She will be great in certain settings. And I think the fact that she knows we are a stepping stone to the position she really wants is frustrating her, too.

She is normally the go-to person if we have any questions about procedures or Symphony. So she is good for something at least.
beadylady
Aug. 25th, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
All I can say is, Eek.

Why would anyone want to make a first impression by saying "I'm outta here ASAP?"

She sounds royally fucked up.
bunnyjadwiga
Aug. 25th, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
Sounds like she's a bad fit for your library. Pass her along to someone else, where she might fit better.
clementine123
Aug. 25th, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
Someone should do her a favor and take her aside and let her know that the library world is rather small. If she gets a reputation as an ass at one library, it will follow her around even if she behaves differently at another library. It might even be the reason she isn't getting any other offers.
pilferedvino
Sep. 8th, 2014 09:52 am (UTC)
My god. The irony is you would love nothing more than to see her get one of these positions but her bad attitude is probably being conveyed in these interviews. If she is so 'good' why can't she get another job?

How to alienate other staff the golden rule - tell them that you are too good for the place and that you are better than them.
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