Monday, January 31, 2011

Bad Colleague Stories – The Winner Is...

A little over a week ago I announced a contest. I had planned to run bad colleague stories all week, letting you pick the winner on Friday. Either you all thought it was a really bad idea (my money's on this one), you were just too busy shoveling snow to enter, or you've all been really lucky to work with great colleagues. I only received one entry, and therefore I am declaring that author the winner. 

I promise I'll try to come up with something better for my next contest!

If you're coming for last Friday's post, please check here, and please come back on Friday for my regularly scheduled column.

And now for the guest post by the winner:

Too Busy Kay

"Kay," never actually did ANYTHING. She was protected by her best friend, who was in a director position and who kept Kay on staff, despite her lack of accomplishments.

Kay was good at one thing - brown-nosing. My work group would have to put conference calls on mute to howl with laughter as we listened to her suck up to Vice Presidents and others above us - "Well, Jim, let me just say what an absolute pleasure it is to work with someone who has such great insights as you..." before she shoved her work off onto us and then took credit for it.

We eventually got a new director, who figured Kay out right away. One day, the director assigned Kay a simple task - comparing one list with another and providing an updated copy.

"Well," Kay protested. "I don't know when I'll have time to get to this."

Every week at our group meeting, the director would ask Kay for an update, and Kay would say she hadn't had time yet to finish the important task.

After six weeks of this, I completed the task, so at the next group meeting when Kay said she still hadn't had time, I said "That's ok. I took 5 minutes and did it for you."

Kay got laid off shortly after that.

I think most of us can relate to this story. Kudos to our anonymous winner for attacking the problem in a positive way rather than just complaining about her colleague.


Liz Fichera said...

Kay sounds like a lot of people I worked with. They made brown-nosing an art form.

Anon_e_mouse said...

Liz, I agree... I've known a few like that in my time as well. My father, z''l, often said that 10% of the people do 90% of the work and vice versa, and while that may have been a bit of an exaggeration I think it is closer to the truth than any of us would like to admit. And it sounds like Kay was down around the bottom part of the 90%!

Steveinpok said...

Let ye who hath not sinned cast the first stone...I had to decline the tempting invitation.

Colette said...

Whether it's 90% or 80% or 50%, it's really too bad that some workers choose not to contribute.

Carol Kilgore said...

I think all of us have had run-ins with Kay.