I’m having some problems with a co-worker of mine and I’m not too sure what I should do about it. I thought I’d put it up here to get some advice from some good catholics outside of the situation.
There is a person like this in every workplace, I know. She calls in sick at least once a week, or goes home early sick. She has a zillion health problems (all related to a very poor life style), so she has a note from her doctor stating that she MUST have a ten minute break every two hours, no matter how busy we are. (We are cashiers in a super market) When she goes away for her ten minute breaks, she’s gone for at least fifteen minutes, sometimes as long as twenty. The supervisors never seem to notice. This part of her work ethic doesn’t affect me that much, except I have to work faster to pick up the slack while she’s standing outside talking to everyone (on the clock, I might add). The problem comes at lunch break time. She takes an inordinate amount of time putting her things away before lunch and ends up clocking out ten minute late. Then, when she comes back, she once again takes an inordinate amount of time getting ready to come back and by the time she relieves me for my break, it’s 25 minutes later than it should be.
We got into a little “tizzy” over it the other day because I had come in at 8 and didn’t get lunch until 1 and my hands were trembling because I was so hungry. I told her that she needed to hurry up because other people needed their breaks. My husband had been sitting out in the 85 degree heat for the last half an hour waiting for me and he actually said something to her also. She decided to wait until I returned from break to chew me out over him coming up to her (while I was waiting on a customer). I simply ignored her because I felt that this wasn’t a conversation to have in front of customers.
This is NOT the first time something like this has happened. It’s a regular thing. It doesn’t always happen to me because she’s not always my relief, but I’ve seen it happen to other people as well.
Should I say anything to my boss about it? It’s really starting to get to me. I’ve been working with her for two years and everyone just seems to let her lazy behavior slip by. A couple of people have told me to just mind my own business and that it’s not my job to police the other employees. However, the company I work for is strictly owned by its employees, so when I see people wasting time (which equals money), I feel like it is my “business”.
So what’s the Christian thing to do? Just turn the other cheek? Just pretend like nothing’s wrong like I’ve been doing for the last two years? Or is there a “friendly” way to handle the situation. I don’t want her fired, I just want her to follow the rules that the rest of us have to adhear to.