I was speaking with a good friend of mine who works for the state. She was totally stressed out about a problem employee she has had to deal with for months. Apparently the person in question is totally inept – only good at screwing things up and screwing other people in the process. She calls in sick all the time. Once she called in sick on a Saturday (that group does not work on Saturdays) – twice! The second time she called (20min after the first call), she said she could not remember whether she had already called or not.
Of course, the impact on the morale of other team members in her group are predictable – people are getting fed up, people are sick of having to work extra time to cover up for her, etc.
The amount of fully documented cases of incompetency for that person are apparently very high – and she has even been given an official warning through HR and been put on ‘trial’ or whatever term hr uses for putting people on probation.
Problem is – my friend is unable to fire her! And there are apparently tons of people like that on our state’s payroll… it’s not fair to the taxpayers and not fair to the good employees that work for our government