The Worthless Co-Worker  

nightis 52M
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8/7/2006 6:26 am

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8/8/2006 9:27 am

The Worthless Co-Worker

I am sorry folks, I have to vent a little.

Save for my own boss who secretly feels the same way I do but also tries to remain professional.

It all goes back to preference hiring in my work place. The bottom line is that last winter, we had to hire this individual after trying to hire at least two others first.

Her job title is "Park Ranger". Think about what a title like that means. She is a supervisor and ideally and athletic leader of some very athletic and skilled outdoor professionals. 16 years in this business, I have never seen anyone this worthless in a position so important.

On paper, she is my superior. In life, she has one speed; slow. She moves slowly, thinks slowly and reacts slowly. This is not the type of individual we need in this service.

With respect to all of the above, she is an idiot.

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to work with the climbing rangers at a very popular Cascade peak. Our work start time was 0700. she wasn't finished braking down her camp until 0730. She only got halfway up the mountain and even then I had to wait and escort her the final two miles back down the hill long after the other rangers were off duty.

Our very difficult staff has no respect for her.

In the time I have known her, I have tried to remain professional, but damn it, she is in way over her head! What is worse, I think she is oblivious to the fact that she is not doing the job that she was hired to do, nor is she truly capable.

Like I said, it all goes back to hiring practice rules and limitations. If we could hire the person most qualified for the job, life would be quite different!

I am sorry, for posting such a nasty set of verbiage about someone else. It is not my style, but, I have only one other person to vent to and she has not been available as late!

Feel free to tell me about your bad co-worker stories!

2daycowboywanted 45F

8/7/2006 1:24 pm

Sorry to hear about the "wonderful" co-worker. Things will get better - if all else fails - pass over her and make her look like an idiot that she is. All of her drawbacks are not going unseen. Just wait and she will, in time, be gone.

Until later

nightis replies on 8/7/2006 8:01 pm:
I have been patiently, professionally tried to train her in our program. Her only experience as a ranger is from the east coast. Must be a completely different world, because she doesn't measure up here after nearly six months!

lustcurious42 56F

8/7/2006 9:25 pm

Wow, we've finally hit a hot button here........let me cool down before I respond. I hate the inference that she does not perform because she's a woman and preference hiring. Equal employment laws were enacted only to provide all with equal opportunities. Their intent was never to hire an unqualified person for a position. Their intent was to set realistic standards such as not making women carry 150 pounds if all that was needed for a fire hose was to carry 75. There are many subtle forms of discrimination that most people never imagine. Like yourself, I don't like the idea of any unqualified person being in a job for which they're not qualified. Just please don't blame it on preference hiring. Like in any situation, there are women who will fail, there are black men who will fail, there are white men who will fail. Women, minorities and the disabled are constantly put in the position of proving to co-workers that we were not a preference hiring. It's fine to vent about her not doing her job, about not being capable. And I have an extremely athletic niece who is a park ranger, a little petite, work your ass off thing. I surely hope that every day she's not proving she wasn't a preference hire.
Anyway, you got my hot button

nightis replies on 8/7/2006 10:41 pm:
Down girl...I can assure the preference was not about women or the fact that she is a female. Her real predecessor was a woman and a fantastic ranger that taught me many things when I arrived at this job.

The preference has more to do with the fact that we couldn't hire from another list of potential candidates. A conversation best had in person!

lustcurious42 56F

8/7/2006 9:28 pm

P.S. I had to look back and see how long she has worked there. The passage of I-200 eliminated any sort of preferences and was passed well before the hiring of this person. And as with anyone who is not performing, I say document and fire, and yes it can be done in the public sector.

nightis replies on 8/7/2006 10:56 pm:
You are correct, but she was hired as a supervisor. Her supervisors are in different locations and can't effectively document anything that can't be construed as "heresay" by our staff. They don't respect her and make her life miserable. I was supportive and professional until yesterday. I will continue to work with her, but my expectations are higher now and I will document everything that I observe.

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