Ever work where they seem to want people who just strut around looking pretty

@writersedge (22577)
United States
January 14, 2010 7:28am CST
and they don't actually do any work? I used to work in a place like that, a friend of mine works there and another friend works in a place just like it. I was always told that people should wear modest attire at work. Well, I've seen people where very sexy and provacative clothing, sway their hips like crazy when they walk, and spend time doing their nails, hair, and make-up for most of the day. One day, years ago when I was working. Little Miss, "I can't do anything right now until my nails are dry," had an audit coming. Three of us modestly dressed, plain Janes had to bail her out. We spent three days doing out-of-title work trying to clean up filing cabinets. The cabinets had been wrong for 3 to 5 years. Do you know how we know that? Some people in the files, when checked on computer, had been dead for three years and others hadn't been at the institution for 5. What was she doing? She took three days off. When she came back, she was counciled to do her nails at home. How about telling her to also do her hair and make-up at home? How about telling her to do her job, not just opening the mail and throw the files in any drawer with the first letter the same as one of the names in the file? How about telling her that when someone transfers or dies, the folders have to go away and be sent? She had to pass a civil service test like everyone else, but you have to wonder if she cheated, is a really good test taker or if she has the aptitude, but not the will or interest in actually working. What do you think? What would you have done if you were one of us plain Janes? One of us (not me) filed an out-of-title work complaint. If she hadn't done that, then I don't think Little Miss Nails would have been counciled at all. Another one of us Janes told her that we're never bailing her out again. Esp. since the out-of-title was won by the other one. It's sad, I did help, we all helped a secretary who was doing the work of two people when one secretary left and she got behind. But that secretary was even working during breaks to try to catch up. I don't mind helping someone who works hard, but I don't like bailing out someone who hardly works. How about you?
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@celticeagle (123441)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Jan 10
I have worked in some weird situations. I worked at an answering service where the gal that sat next to me was a real problem child so it was up to me to retrain her basically. I have also worked at places where one gal was the type who did only what she had to and so we had to take up the slack which didn't go over well and she was soon pushed out. People are amazing.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Oh, yeah, the problem child. They put me with an artist one time, expecting me to straighten him out. Just made him start screaming at me that I wasn't his boss and he had seniority over me and who to H are you to tell me anything, etc. But if there was a beautiful sunrise, he'd call in sick. He would spend the morning taking pictures of the sunrise and the afternoon painting it. So to pressure me to straighten him out wasn't fair.
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@celticeagle (123441)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Jan 10
Ya, it should be the boss's job not yours. They push it off on you cause they don't want to deal with him.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Exactly, just because I'm more mature and more professional, doesn't mean that he's going to listen to me. It was the bosses job. Wonder if she even tried to do it.
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• Canada
23 Jan 10
that is just crap. you go to work and you work and you dress appropriately for it. the workplace is not a fashion boutique and wearing distracting clothes is just that : distracting. i mean some of us do watch other people, we observe, at least i do and if you see something that is attractive , like a painting, you tend to look at it longer. you can't help it, it's human nature. so if this happens at the office environment, your train of thought could be interrupted, your concentration is gone etc.....i would tell the manager and he or she should have a word with the person who dressed in such a way.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
23 Jan 10
Not in Corrections. If they're getting away with it, they're sleeping with the boss or have connections and can get the boss fired. They probably got the job by political pull. I used to talk to the new people about how to dress. They appreciated it. Now, I have a friend who tried that and she's had a harassment charge filed against her. She doesn't talk to new people at all. Like Celtic Eagle, most of us Plain Janes have to do our work and someone else's, too. Usually the women that strut their stuff. You are 100% correct about that first sentence. This is crap and people should dress appropriately, period.
@ShepherdSpy (8561)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Jan 10
You should have put in a worker's compensation claim for Your backache...Then when asked what was the cause,say "It's due to Carrying HER all the time!"
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Ah, ha, ha, you're great! Love that, that was great! I'm laughing so hard, tears are coming from my eyes. I can just see their reaction if I said that. Ha, ha!
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Me too. I hurt my arm and the doctor requested that I avoid doing data entry since that could lead to a repetitive stress injury to it. So I took on all the work that the gal who was supposed to file and open mail and answer a few phones was doing. In the 10 days (started mid week and ended at the end of the next week) I had all the filing caught up and had opened the mail for her most days. The assistant supervisor had requested some temps to get the gal caught up and I had done it in less than 8 days. Ya know, as much as we liked the gal, she was SLOW, she was always taking off for one of her 5 kids (3 different fathers, only married to the last one) and on the phone. Pretty much the only thing that got done daily was the mail was opened. I was looking for other work on the last day, so they had me checking forms to see if they were correct for data entry (the very ones I would later enter I might add so I did know what should be on them.)
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
14 Jan 10
I'm a little slow myself. Unfortunately, when my Mom was dying of cancer, I took time off every time I turned around. But that was a short period of time. 5 kids could be forever or at least 18-21 years.
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@laglen (19779)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Let me guess, this was sales or government?
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Government-did the civil service test give it away? Terrific guess! Thanks and take care.