November 15, 2005

Work, damnit!

For the last month we have had a work-study helper-outer who comes by the office twice a week. Except that she doesn't. Come by. Ususally. When she does deign to grace us with her presence she is sullen and grumpy. I can't actually tell if she is lacking in the intelligence area or if she is so unhappy to be here that she fakes it. Regardless, I find myself in a tricky situation:

She's getting paid and there are things to do so I want her to work. However, it is a constant challenge to find tasks that she can't screw up. There aren't many of them. She has managed to make our file cabinet nearly useless by just dropping files in at random if it's not immediately obvious to her where they belong. We encourage her to ask questions if she doesn't know what to do. She doesn't. She's here right now, by herself, with the files. Supposedly. But I walked by on my way to the bathroom and noticed that she was sitting in a chair reading a book. I don't think it's a book about filing.

Okay, I'm not the model employee. Hell, I'm blogging right this very minute. But my situation is different because a) I'm not getting paid by the hour, and b) there are no pressing tasks awaiting my attention. So I feel a little hypocritical, but c'mon, I'm an incredibly easy manager to please. I feel like she's putting a substantial amount of effort into pissing me off.

Posted by liz at November 15, 2005 09:47 AM

Two suggestions:
1) Make something up. Go make a bunch of photocopies of something and have her fold them all in half, then when she's finished, tell her you meant in half the other way.

2) Just make her take out the damn trash. Make her shred documents by hand.

Posted by: melanie at November 15, 2005 12:54 PM
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