Please help us deal with problem co-worker - page 2
We have a co-worker who is driving us (entire staff) nuts. She is extemely lazy, manipulative, and just plain annoying. It would take me all day to address every problem concerning this nurse, so... Read More
Mar 1, '05Document Document Document. Enlist the manager in your efforts, plus other nurses to document all her activites. It takes time, but in the long run if the manager is in need of documentation in order to proceed with dicipinary actions it is necessary. Gives her an arsenal.
The smoking thing kills me. The absolute unfairness of it. Nonsmokers are lucky if they get a lunch break, but smokers with 2 breaks an hour? I would not put up with that. Absolutely would not cover someone that often during a 12 hour shift. Sorry smoke on your own time.
In terms with dealing with her - tact is everything. There are ways to get your message across that you are on to her and her manupulative mannerisms without sounding nasty. It may be that she isn't able to understand as it sounds like her methods blind her to the needs of others.
Mar 1, '05Hey, I guess I'm a meanie, but this nurse is an adult just like the rest of you guys.
When she was hired, I assume, they told her what her job description was did they not?
Take this woman aside and set down limits now. No more bs. This woman is not a child where she has to have her behaviour gradually changed by the rest of you. She's an adult. She's doing this to you, because you are LETTING her.
She either steps up to the plate and does her share, or she's out the door.
You guys have been her doormat too long.
Or go get a copy of her job description, updated, give it to her, make her sign a copy for your records, and JUST tell her.......DO YOUR JOB.
Tell her she gets 2 smoke breaks and 1 30 minute lunch break.
You would put the fear of God in her.
And stick to your guns.
Mar 1, '05I believe that people like this don't understand subtlety. I think that the first step is being upfront and honest w/ her...find the courage and let her know your frustrations re: frequent breaks, leaving the work area in disarray, constant phone calls, etc. Do this when you are not swamped and are not likely to be called away. I wouldn't necessarily worry about sounding witchy. Make sure you make "I" statements and keep your tone even. If this approach doesn't work, then the next step would be to request a meeting between you, her, and your manager. Talk to the manager in advance and let her know what you would like the topic of conversation. If her behavior is well known, documentation of the issues would seem like a waste of time except for sleeping on the job. It is very hard to tighten the reins after they have been loose for so long. But in the long run, you are helping yourself, your patients, and your co-workers.