Have You Ever Experienced Coworker Drama?
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I work with a woman who is such a hypochondriac that she is always on the internet looking at different pains. She is a very large woman. One day she came to my office and wanted me to look at where she got her shot because it hurt. She dropped her britches right in my office to show me her shot
We worked with a very immature woman. If she didn't get her way she would yell and scream or start arguing loudly and then cry. Everyone was relieved when the layoffs started and she was let go!
We have a office meeting once a week to discuss projects and issues. One of the supervisors last week started off the meeting telling us about how she got up in the middle of the night to let her dogs out and saw a light in her back yard, and how she knows it was UFO's. She has been getting more and more paranoid about everything. She throws accusations around and calls people liars with no proof or logical reasoning. I'm starting to wish for a UFO to come take me away.
I've enjoyed many of these "interesting" stories :-) Some of them are too close to things that have gone on in our office, I wonder if maybe they are more common that we think. I have a young lady that works in our office that is super paranoid about germs and cleanliness. She sat next to me in a staff meeting one morning; during the summer. She wore flip flops and was picking at the foot crossed and up on her knee. She picked her toes and rubbed her foot during most of the meeting. I was thinking, "and you worry about what other people might be doing." Very weird indeed. Thanks for the chuckles. Have a good day! :-)
We had a lady in our office who would come to work with two different earrings on, two different shoes with the same color or not, wear her skirt backwards and every time she left the building she would leave her glasses on her desk. Needless to say, she never left the building just once for a trip.
She was so funny, but was one of the most intelligent and kind people I knew. A lot of creative people are like that and boy was she creative. She made us laugh and laughed with us.
I had to fire somebody in my department for poor work performance. When I told her she was being let go, she shouted, "You're just firing me because I don't do things the way you want them done!" I said, "Exactly," and had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing.
Several years ago, one of my co-workers just sprawled out on the office floor and refused to get up. After many failed attempts to upright her, we finally called HR. They gave her one minute to get up, and then they were going to call 911 and insist that she be carried out on a stretcher. She got up, but wasn't very happy. I guess she's just not a morning person!!
I have always believed the best way to get along with others in an office is to treat them with courtesy and respect. I once worked with a women that never understood the concept. She constantly did little things that irritated me, but I would just try to let it go. But I will never forget the day I was working at my computer on a very detailed project, focused intently on my monitor. My desk faced the wall and could easily be approached by either side. She walked up and leaned her whole body between my face and monitor to take a pen from the desktop. She didn't even ask to borrow it. Very sad behavior!
Worked with someone that was supposed to print out several reports every morning on transactions posted during the night. When someone came in to ask her something or ask her to do something, she couldn't because she was printing reports. She had to sit there and watch the printer in case the paper jammed. She was very dramatic about not doing ANYTHING until those reports were printed.
We had a Receptionist who requested 2 days off to recover after making a bone marrow donation for a sick child. Because we were so impressed by her generosity, we gave her the time off without charging her sick or vacation time allotment. Imagine our surprise when one of her co-workers saw her photo on Facebook while she was attending a Red Sox game when she was supposedly recovering. When confronted she denied that it was the same game...yet the scoreboard in the photo clearly showed the date! She resigned a few days later saving us the trouble of having to terminate her. This was only one bizarre story in a very long string of fabrications!
A woman I worked with that was hired to be the office manager set an example for us by sitting down on the floor, kicking off her shoes and clipping her toenails. She made a neat pile while chatting away and got up, put her shoes back on and threw them away. We all had our mouths hanging open.
One temporary employee chose to decorate her desk with her Barbie doll collection. It got even weirder when she brought in her Barbie doll coffin that only had a Barbie doll head in it. Too bad it wasn't around Halloween, it would at least make a little sense.
It sad when the boss is causing the drama. You should be able to look up the boss but not when she's always micro managing, belittling and has no leadership skill. She uses one staff against the other instead of unite into one team.She feels that promotion & success is the years of book knowledge you have not the years of actual working experience you have doing the same job.
Every Monday morning our work group has a short 10-15min meeting to go over what's on everyone's plate for the week. One women always seems to have a pet subject to rant about. As the work group lead I would obsess over how to solve her concerns until I finally realized everyone but me was laughing over the whole thing. They realized it was just a moment for her to show-off by complaining how hard she worked or how no one was cooperating with her. She seems to forget the issue minutes after the meeting, but we sure get a charge out of guessing what the new issue will be every Monday morning!
I WORK WITH A YOUNG LADY THAT IS GOING THROUGH DIVORCE AND SINCE THE SPLIT UP, SHE HAS DONE ALOT OF PARTYING. SHE HAS ACTUALLY COME INTO WORK WITH A HANGOVER, AND WAS LIKE BRAGGING ABOUT IT. SHE ALSO LET HER DATE WHO HAS 2 DUI'S DRIVE HER NWE CAR AFTER DRINKING ALL NIGHT, AND THEY GOT PULLED OVER AND HE RECEIVED ANOTHER DUI. SOME PEOPLE JUST DON'T LEARN I GUESS.
I had a co-worker who was in her late 20's yet her desk was covered in beenie babies. She even had them hanging from her computer monitor!
With some folks it's a matter of levels of drama. There is positive energy that can be 'daramatic'and then there's the blow it out of proportion gossip drama....This frustrates me especially when I have to act on it and then I find out it wasn't as big of a deal to begin with or key points were left out.
Then there is inappropriate actions that create drama. And then the trick is to take a deep breath and handle the situation witout drama but instead, just facts. And learn from it and go on!
It's amazing. I have a coworker who needs so much attention that the whole job revolves around her and her family drama. She has some sort of drama everyday and she brings all of her issues to work. We are expected to stop doing what we're doing to cater to her every need or we're being cruel. She's constantly on the phone with her family dealing with nothing but issues. She's actually out of leave right now and the whole office environment is peaceful. It would be really nice if she never came back, then maybe i can get my work done.
I have a co-worker that delights in making the two newest staff members (I'm one of them!) feel incompetent and embarrassed. I've been in the workforce a long time and never encountered anyone so insecure and small-minded in my life! She is surely a management challenge but is excused from this bad behavior because she has "mommy issues" or so I've been told. It's a shame to have one rotten apple because otherwise it's a great place to work.
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