Dear Evil HR Lady,
I have a coworker who just talks and socializes and doesn’t work, forcing me to pick up the slack. After more tearful conversations between my coworker and my boss and frustrating conversations between myself and my boss, he called a meeting between the three of us. During this meeting he went over types of communication and expectations of the front office staff. I was told to watch my tone, as it might come off as snippy. She was told to learn to keep personal problems away from work. She denied having that issue right in front of him, and he didn’t bring up examples of why he thought she might have a problem in that area.
Basically, I felt like my boss just accepts that my coworker is “relationship oriented” and prefers not to work, while I am “task oriented.” I feel like in any professional setting, everyone should be task oriented, as that is what we get paid to do — work. I realize my boss has too many other responsibilities to really give this much time, but it’s starting to affect the work environment up front. I’m torn because in any other company, my coworker would not be allowed to keep up her unprofessional and bad behavior. I’ve tried to just ignore her, but that doesn’t work, seeing how our workload is shared. I’ve tried being nice, but that only encourages her to chat and slack off on her work. I’ve gone to my boss, but he doesn’t seem interested in the problem or flat out doesn’t have time.
I’ve gone to the HR manager, but her advice is to just ignore the issue. It’s getting bad enough that I’m considering finding another job. I love the work, but I can’t stand to be in this type of environment. I’m hard-working, young and I earn my keep. With the economy the way it is, I’m not sure that I can find a job that pays the same or more. Any suggestions on how to deal with the coworker that keeps on giving?
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