Multiple False Starts

, , , , , | Working | January 18, 2018

(We are preparing the deli counter for the day. I have been put with a new starter to show him what to do. After literally five minutes of working:)

Starter: “Why do I have to do all of this? It’s hard!”

Me: “Umm, because it’s your job?”

Starter: “Oh.”

(While I continue setting up he completely disappears. A few minutes later my manager comes up to me.)

Manager: “I’ve had a chat with [Starter]. He says you have been bullying him into doing thing he isn’t comfortable with.”

Me: “What? All he was doing was taking empty boxes into the back, and I’ve practically said five words to him.”

Manager: “Look, I know this job is frustrating, which is why we brought [Starter] on, but if you could be a little nicer to him?”

Me: “What do you want me to do? He asked me why he was doing his job and I told him, because it’s his job.”

Manager: “Okay, I’ll have another word with him.”

(She was gone about a minute.)

Manager: “Okay, [Starter] is swapping with [Other Starter] in Stocking. You’ve upset him so much he refuses to go anywhere near you.”

Me: *exasperated* “Okay… Whatever works.”

(Thankfully the other starter was amazing, work-oriented, and you only had to show him once and he got it instantly. My original starter was moved from department to department until he pretty much just sat in the canteen for eight hours a day. He was only eventually fired after the regional manager was visiting for a week and noticed he was always in there. It’s still a mystery why he was kept for so long. I suspect nepotism.)

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