Why Do These People Even Apply For Jobs?

, , , , | Working | December 17, 2020

We are told that someone is joining the team, starting in just a few days, and it’s one of the ex-apprentices. This is very odd; normally, we have weeks of notice, and it tends to be people who have had many years in the company under their belt.

We get talking. Apparently, when this new hire was an apprentice, she did as little as possible, and she moved around the departments until no one wanted her. We are all pretty welcoming so we don’t want to judge; after all, she could have grown out of it by now.

She arrives in the department for her first day and seems interested. The first week goes well. She doesn’t know what she is doing, but everyone is happy to teach her and she slowly works her way around the jobs in the lab.

I’m pretty new in the lab myself, so I don’t end up training her, and it is a month before we work together.

Me: “Hey, I was going to do [job #1]. Did you want to do [job #2]?”

Ex-Apprentice: “No, [Coworker] will do that for me.”

Me: *Pause* “Okay. Oh, I won’t have time to write the report for [test]. Would you mind picking that up?”

Ex-Apprentice: “No, I don’t really want to. I think [Coworker] will do that.”

Me: “No disrespect, but I haven’t seen you do anything today. We work together here, and I need some support.” 

Ex-Apprentice: “You’re just pissed because everyone likes me more than you.”

Me: “No, I just think you should do some actual work, instead of fluttering your eyelashes and getting others to do it.”

She carries on in the same way for weeks, getting one of the older guys to do her work for her. Problems start when we have guys call in sick; suddenly, there is no one to cover her.

Rather than deal with the situation, my boss asks me to do her work for her. I refuse, so he eventually goes to speak with her. Forced to do some actual work, she makes a massive mess of everything and then disappears for the rest of the day, completely AWOL.

She lasted another month before being disciplined and had to re-sit all of her training. This took many more weeks, and she still couldn’t be bothered; she was caught trying to push her work onto others. She got transferred to yet another department and then suddenly didn’t work for the company at all.

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