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    Quote Originally Posted by pikachu View Post
    I'm still training the two ladies who are replacing me at my old job and it's going rough. The lady who was recently hired is doing great! She's very sharp and personable so I feel more confident in her abilities. The other lady, though, just doesn't seem capable of grasping what I'm trying to tell her. I don't know if she's not paying attention or if she's just not understanding. She's not even a case of "the lights are on but nobody's home". It's more like the lights are off and somebody's sleeping. All I can do is keep trying and hope that when quarterly report time comes around again maybe she'll learn better by having me do the reports with her rather than having me explain them as I'm doing now.

    EEK.

    PIK, isn't there a "TIME" frame when your company is training someone .... and if it appears to the Trainer (you) the potentially NEW hire is NOT grasping it ... well then sit them down, tell them that this position is just NOT
    a good match for them. And suggest they look elsewhere .... something along those lines but being more sensitive than what I said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pikachu View Post
    I'm still training the two ladies who are replacing me at my old job and it's going rough. The lady who was recently hired is doing great! She's very sharp and personable so I feel more confident in her abilities. The other lady, though, just doesn't seem capable of grasping what I'm trying to tell her. I don't know if she's not paying attention or if she's just not understanding. She's not even a case of "the lights are on but nobody's home". It's more like the lights are off and somebody's sleeping. All I can do is keep trying and hope that when quarterly report time comes around again maybe she'll learn better by having me do the reports with her rather than having me explain them as I'm doing now.
    I once worked with someone like that. I was a senior-level administrator and sometimes handed off assignments to other admins.
    I complained to our manager that I didn't think this young woman was ever going to be able to do the job, because I had taught her some tasks at least 10 times, and she was still doing them incorrectly. So on MY performance review, he wrote me up as not being patient enough with co-workers who I thought were not as dedicated as I was!

    Next time he needed something done that was within HER job description, he called me in and told me what he wanted done (a 2-page memo had to be typed . . . BEFORE the days of PCs). I said, "I'm really swamped right now, can you give it to her and tell her what you want?" So he did. She did it wrong. He "patiently" explained what was wrong with what she had done and explained to her in what he thought were simple terms how he wanted it done. She re-typed the entire memo. Wrong again. He again went to her and "patiently" explained what she had done incorrectly that time. (This was NOT a difficult assignment.) She re-typed it again. Wrong again.

    At this point, he was about to tear his hair out. He called me in and asked me to do it. Again, I told him I was swamped. When he said, "I've asked her to re-do it three times, and she's just not 'getting it.'" I said, "Mark, you need to be more patient with co-workers who are not as dedicated as you are." Then I smiled sweetly and walked out of his office.

    We all have different skills. Sounds like your co-worker and my former co-worker are just not good at what the company needs them to do, so the company needs to find something else for them to do, rather than slowing down everyone else.
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    Re: Your annoying co-worker

    Quote Originally Posted by momrek06 View Post
    EEK.

    PIK, isn't there a "TIME" frame when your company is training someone .... and if it appears to the Trainer (you) the potentially NEW hire is NOT grasping it ... well then sit them down, tell them that this position is just NOT
    a good match for them. And suggest they look elsewhere .... something along those lines but being more sensitive than what I said.

    I was asked before the offered my old position to this lady if I thought she could do it and I frankly said no, I didn't think she would be able to do it. One of the other supervisors also said she didn't think she could do it but the decision was made over our heads. I'm not in the position to hire or fire anyone so I can't do anything about this lady. The last I heard, she's not doing the quarterly reports which are supposed to be part of her job duties. I'm not in that section anymore though so I won't take responsibility for her failure. I hope she eventually gets reassigned and that position given to a more competent person.
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    Our accountant at work was on my case today about 2 refunds and it was really annoying! In one case, I had sent the company representative a refund application and, for whatever reason, he included my email message in the body of his post with the refund application. The application wouldn't fit on one page, then, so it scrolled over to another page. I figured she wouldn't like that so I copied and posted both parts of the application onto one page and submitted it like that. She didn't like that and repeated to me over and over on the phone "Never, ever, ever, copy and paste on an application!", like I was a moron and wouldn't understand if she only told me once. I hadn't had that situation come up before and I didn't know I wasn't allowed to do that but I do now so I get it!

    Then we had a refund that was actually two for the same company. First, she called me up demanding to know why I put her phone number instead of the company's contact number on the application. I didn't know what she meant because I hadn't knowingly done that so I looked up the company information in our database and it was wrong there. After I fixed that problem, then she rejected the application because I didn't have the company's full name on it. It was Howard Fertilizer and Chemical Co, and I just put Howard Fertilizer.

    Now she's scheduled a refund application training day for me on Friday. Yeah, I've done 43 refunds and only had these few problems, which I thought were pretty nitpicky, and she seems to think I need to be trained on them? What an insult. I'll do it, though, just to prove that I know what I'm doing.
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    I don't know how to ask this delicately because I'm kinda mad right now, so here goes: How do you get rid of someone who wants desperately to be your friend? I have nothing--NOTHING--in common with this person and even though I don't hate them, nor do I wish any misfortune to come their way, I don't want to be their friend. It's just not there. I don't feel anything for this person. She's way too needy and exhausting. We don't like the same music, TV, movies -- anything! I can't imagine why she thinks we'd be compatible. We work together and so I don't want to make things more awkward than they already are, but it's getting really hard to play naive.
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    Ooh, ouch... all Ive got is to politely demure from all advances and hope she takes the hint. Good luck!
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    I would try to keep things professional. If she asks you a work-related question or comment, go ahead and respond but if it's non-work related, just don't respond, or steer the conversation back to work-related matters. You don't have to be rude but just make it clear that you aren't interested in developing a personal relationship with her.

    I know it's hard. There was a guy in high school I met because one of my friends was trying to shake him so then he glommed onto me and my friends. I didn't want to be mean to him but I didn't feel like we had anything in common and I found him annoying. It was easier for me to keep my distance from him because we didn't work together but even so, it took a long time for him to take the hint and move on. I felt sorry for him at the time so I hope he eventually found people he had common interests with.
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    Joseph, I think you find some opening to tell her you don't think you have anything in common with her. I don't really see that as a slight so easier for her to accept without messing up your work relationship with her.

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    Oh Joseph, this is a hard one. I mean you don't want any 'drama' from this but at the same time you want her to somehow know that the two of you are not a good 'pairing'.

    First of all, Joseph, do not tell anyone else at work about these feelings.

    EVEN if you think they are someone that is 'safe' with your thoughts. IF it ever got back to her, ugh, that would not be good at all. Drama ensues and you work together.

    So keep these thoughts to yourself and to US. We have your back 24/7.

    The best advice I can give you, is be very busy when she is around in your area of work.

    Grab a phone if you are not on it. Have extra work you are doing if you really don't, fake it ... get on your computer and tell her you are on a time constraint.

    I think you slowly have to back away from ANY dialogue with her. If she walks into a room you are in, leave that room EVEN if you are having a convo with someone. Tell that someone you forgot about doing something etc etc and leave.

    Slowly she will hopefully 'do the math' and maybe eventually she will realize you both are not as close as SHE wanted you to be with her.

    HTH.

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    My computer broke so I'm doing this on a cell phone. I don't have the finger dexterity for this kind of typing so I'll keep this short. Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for all the kind words and suggestions to my problem. I'll have to give this a lot of thought. Working together makes it more difficult. I don't want to hurt her feelings and I don't want to come off as an insensitive jerk. I haven't mentioned it to anyone except you guys and Brandon.
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