You’re the office administrator and for quite some time now your job has not been about babysitting employees. Everyone seems to be getting along, employees are actually working – life is good. Then one day the owner of the company hires someone without your knowledge or input. This employee shows up Monday morning at 8 a.m. and the owner says “here’s our newest employee” with a smile on his face.
You hastily throw together all of the new-hire paperwork and give the employee a couple of tasks to accomplish. It is clear from day one that this employee has no skills whatsoever, but the owner hired this person, a friend in need. Ah yes, the untouchable employee.
This employee can’t spell, can’t file, takes long breaks, talks on the cell phone, is rude to other staff members and even her own supervisor – you. You have now have become a babysitter on top of everything else you have to do. You are now miserable and dread having to deal with this nightmare every day. What do you do?
I have said this many times in the past, and I will say it once again…document everything. Your only recourse is to have substantial written proof of everything that has happened with this employee. Sit down with your supervisor and have a serious conversation, proof in-hand, of everything you’ve dealt with over the past period of time. State your case and let your supervisor know that you are not happy. Have him/her speak directly with the employee. I would not allow more than three instances. If the behaviors continue, I would take the matter to a higher level, i.e. speak with an employment attorney, or look for another job. It is not worth your mental/physical health to endure this type of torment day in, day out for eight plus hours a day! Good luck!