We all have That dang Coworker that gets you upset about stuff that you can never explain.
I have that coworker. (I can’t type coworker without thinking Cow Orker… what the heck is an orker?)
You know y, that one coworker who just does not agree to work with anyone. If you bring to her, items that are her job she treats you like you are smacking her with a stick and telling her to work harder.
There is a lady in the shipping department here at our office. You have plans or OEM Manuals (instruction booklet with warranties) that you have to send out to the customer or contractor, who might not be local to your region, you go to her and she ships the content for you. Simple right? Nope. She will say ” Can’t ! Come back when you have it right”. and you are left puzzled. You did all of your part. Why is she making it weird?. So you come back 5 times after you fixed something here and there that she probably doesn’t even realize is being done. and you say “WHY? WHY CAN’T YOU SHIP THIS?”. She replies ” I don’t have an envelope that fits those”. %^#$%^. You see a plethora of envelopes of all sizes around her. You grab (within her arm reach) the first one and stuff your items in it, put an address on the envelope and hand it to her she says “see, now was that so hard?”. @$%^$#%.
But she … She…. She is shipping and receiving, and you are manuals. Why are you now the package stuffer and libeler so she can just call the local shipping company and have them haul it off?
She wonders why her butt is so big.
Lazy, waste of desk space.
One of the hardest things to face when you are the “go to” guy at the office is that everyone in the office will stop work as they come into something they “go to” you about, until they can get information from you that allows them to proceed.
It’s great to be worth something in the office. It’s great to be needed. It’s a huge plus when you are the one that everyone counts on. but it’s a whole lot of stress when you realize that you do the work and everyone else does the filler and detail. It’s much like the local car-wash, or the diner. The guys in the back do all all of the work, but you give a tip to the lady who brought you the food, or the guy who just sprayed air freshener into your car. Not the guy who cooked your whole meal, or the guy who scrubbed the bug guts off your head lights.
Sometimes you will find that the employees that count on you the most, will just sit on their hands and swing their feet while they wait for you to do what they need to be done. and all of the blame will be on you.
For some reason, when one guy changes the paper in the printer, he becomes the designated printer paper changer guy from there on out. No one will work until that guy changes the paper in the printer. No one!.
I sit ok to tell people to do it themselves? or is it better to just be needed? what if you are deep into a project?
In office place or construction site or a retail establishment, you can and will interact with people. One of the worst things that happen is you getting to know someone and you begining to enjoy the company of that person. We all know that people quit their job or get fired or laid off. What do you do when your work buddy is gone? How do you feel when your buddy thinks things had gone wrong and many injustices came about before they had been sent on a new job search quest? Especially if you like the place you work. Do you stand by that buddy and begin searching for job and looking to change your career? Do you drop that work buddy and get back to your job and move on? What if you think you were falling in love?
There are a few posts here on iworkwithpeople.com that points good reason to not get close. This is a great reason to not get to close to coworkers.
Just do your job and move on. With all the people that leave your job, count on more employee coming along getting hired and taking those job positions. Yippee, new coworkers. If your are lucky, you will absorb more tricks of your trade and increase your value in a long run.