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Old 04-10-2016, 11:15 AM
 
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So...like most places, my company has the requisite "person who barely works and gets away with it".

She maybe works 2 days a week, the rest of the time she sits around talking and is constantly on her phone.

My boss did acknowledge the phone part to me, but none of the other things she does.

For some reason she is exempt from the dress code at work, and gets away with hoodies.

Doesn't even try to look busy.

We have a new manager and I was hoping he would bring this up with my current manager (she is the top person at my company), but not only has he not said a word but he's on his phone all the time as well, also not lost on my boss who has made several comments about it to me.

If my boss doesn't think I'm busy enough, she will suggest projects for me, but this snowflake literally sits around talking.

Every time I see it, I feel my blood pressure going up, I have not said one word about it to my boss nor do I intend to because as I've learned if she doesn't report to me (and she does not) and if her doing nothing has no effect on my work (it does not), then it none of my business, so thought better to come here and blow off some steam!

We have some people from corporate in our office for a meeting next week, maybe they will see it and say something. My only hope.

Thanks.....
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Old 04-10-2016, 11:20 AM
 
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Get over it. That has nothing to do with you. You are creating unnecessary stress for yourself.


Truth: that employee and the manager are at home chilling. Here you are angry and posting on C-D. Which would you rather be?
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Old 04-10-2016, 11:41 AM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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It's ok. Time and tide will wash it all away...
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Old 04-10-2016, 12:16 PM
 
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She maybe works 2 days a week, the rest of the time she sits around talking and is constantly on her phone.
People actually talk on a phone nowadays? Shocking!!! I thought voice-based communication on a phone was disappearing.
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Old 04-10-2016, 12:30 PM
 
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I say let it go. Good for you that you are not like her. As long as it doesn't affect you, then great.
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Old 04-10-2016, 12:31 PM
 
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So...like most places, my company has the requisite "person who barely works and gets away with it".

She maybe works 2 days a week, the rest of the time she sits around talking and is constantly on her phone.

My boss did acknowledge the phone part to me, but none of the other things she does.

For some reason she is exempt from the dress code at work, and gets away with hoodies.

Doesn't even try to look busy.

We have a new manager and I was hoping he would bring this up with my current manager (she is the top person at my company), but not only has he not said a word but he's on his phone all the time as well, also not lost on my boss who has made several comments about it to me.

If my boss doesn't think I'm busy enough, she will suggest projects for me, but this snowflake literally sits around talking.

Every time I see it, I feel my blood pressure going up, I have not said one word about it to my boss nor do I intend to because as I've learned if she doesn't report to me (and she does not) and if her doing nothing has no effect on my work (it does not), then it none of my business, so thought better to come here and blow off some steam!

We have some people from corporate in our office for a meeting next week, maybe they will see it and say something. My only hope.

Thanks.....
The bold part is important:

6 Steps for Dealing With a Lazy Co-Worker - US News

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1. Figure out how the laziness is impacting your work. This is the most important thing to keep in the forefront of your mind when dealing with a lazy coworker. It’s easy to simply get sucked into a vortex of frustration, in which you’re so irritated by the person’s laziness that you lose clarity about how it impacts you, if at all. But being clear about the impact on you – versus what’s unfair or frustrating but doesn’t actually impact you – is key to being able to address it effectively. For instance, maybe you end up needing to pick up your co-worker’s slack, which means you need to put in extra hours to complete your work or can’t give your own clients the attention you’d like. Or maybe you end up needing to spend time redoing your co-worker’s work, because it’s never done carefully the first time.

If your co-worker’s work habits are indeed affecting your own work, then move on to steps two and three. If it’s not impacting your work, skip those and move straight to step four.
So, based on step 1, this co-worker is not directly affecting the OP via extra work to pick up the slack. Step 4 basically states not to cover for and enable a lazy employee by doing their work or accommodating them, which is clearly not happening with the OP.

To be blunt, this is not your business to focus on a lazy or problem employee that does not affect you or your workload. Yes, you have stated as such, but it is apparent you can't let this go.

I get it that lazy workers are an annoyance. I've experienced them and I experience it now. But those people do not affect my work, so I don't pay them any mind and it certainly doesn't obsess me to the point I am thinking about it day and night.

Again, I can sense you simply won't let this go, so I suggest either directly confronting the person (at your own risk) or finding another job. As always, I wouldn't dream of going to HR.
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Old 04-10-2016, 12:44 PM
 
Location: NoVA
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If you are being tasked with work which she is unable to complete due to her poor performance, then there are diplomatic ways to address the issue. But aside from that, please save yourself the grief of thinking about it.

I say this from experience.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Western MA
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I hear ya, it's very hard to watch. I had one in my office. It is so rare to see such a slacker at my company that she stood out even more. I was so very happy the day that she moved to another team and down to a different floor where I didn't have to watch it anymore. I hear that she has not changed. I am actually shocked that someone hasn't canned her, but it's not my problem.

This kind of person can have a huge affect on staff morale. I can understand why you want to vent.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:31 PM
 
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People actually talk on a phone nowadays? Shocking!!! I thought voice-based communication on a phone was disappearing.
Talking is done with coworkers, she is either texting or playing games on her phone...or both.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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This kind of person can have a huge affect on staff morale. I can understand why you want to vent.
Bingo! It really affects morale.

It would drive me nuts, OP. I am also someone who is not capable of meditating for more than maybe 15 seconds, too LOL. I won't be zen in this lifetime, I don't think.

I'd spend way too much time envisioning different revenge tactics.

I love the title for your thread. This is what I learned to say to friends. "I just need to vent right now. You don't need to fix it." Venting really helps.

Although, I'm thinking maybe chewing gum on her chair...
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