Yesterday I had to work in another area at work (just yesterday) due to their understaffing.
Not 1 person but the in charge introduced themself, or said hello. why so rude?If I had a different person in my area for one day I’d always introduce myself! Why are they so rude??Also not one person asked if I needed help, or wanted a break.I didnt need help but thats not the point! So so rude??I may have to go again tommorrow or all this week, due to their understaffing.Thank god Im not permanent!
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A male reader, WiseOwlE + ♥, writes (26 November 2018):
Keep your head down and do your job. Often when an area is understaffed upper-management is weeding-out the trouble-makers and sloths. It is possible they have been disciplined or fear you’re a spy; because someone among them is in trouble. It’s an old management trick. Starve-out the department to rid yourself of the trouble-makers. You also get to save a little money in the process.Whenever you’re in a hostile environment in the workplace; it’s best to let your professionalism lead the way. Your human instincts and sense of common-courtesy knows that they all should be grateful for the help. You just stepped into a pit of vipers, and they’re frustrated that the help is only temporary. That’s usually a sign the department might be completely replaced one by one. For budgetary reasons, and repeated issues among personnel.Restructuring of their department is underway. They don’t want you to feel comfortable; because they want someone permanent. It may not happen for a long-time, and some will quit to the benefit of the department. Replacements will be found when the boss decides they should. Eyes are on everyone. Be polite regardless. You can’t control their attitudes; so long as everyone is doing their jobs. For all they know, you might end-up being their boss! You’ll appreciate your usual pleasant work-station all the more!
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A male reader, Code Warrior + ♥, writes (26 November 2018):
Years ago, when I transferred to another location in my company, my new boss didn’t say a word to me for 3 weeks, niether did anyone else in my department, and he never introduced me to my co-workers. After a couple of days of him not assigning anything to me, I went and found things to do on my own. After the 3rd week of me creating my own assignments, my boss called me into his office and told me that he heard good things from the people I was helping so he made the incredibly bold management decision to permanently assign me to cover those particular departments. However, since it was near the end of the year when I transferred into his department, when it came time for my PR, instead of rewarding my initiative and postive feedback from the people I was helping, he downgraded me with the excuse that he didn’t have me long enough during the year to really know me. Of course, I pointed out that he was obligated to seek the opinion of my previous boss regarding my performance and I also pointed out that he didn’t give me any assignments until after I took the initiative to find things to do, and even after that, he didn’t interact with me, to which he shrugged and essentially told me “oh well”. He asked me to sign the PR and I refused. Ultimately, he got dressed down once HR got wind of his antics. Needless to say, he was eventually moved into an inconsequential assignment from which his career never recovered. He was clearly a moron for whom I have no respect to this day and that happened over 20 years ago.So, just do the work and don’t concern yourself about the lack of etiquette. Be cheerful and professional and get the job done.
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A female reader, Honeypie + ♥, writes (26 November 2018):
Maybe they are used to getting “floaters” who don’t know what to do or they see people come and go and therefore just don’t care any more.Maybe they are just so understaffed that manners and common courtesy has gone out the window.It is a shame, but really NO ONE here can read their “collective mind” and know why they had no manners.All YOU can do, is do your job, be polite yourself and don’t behave like them, ever.Chin up and count your blessing that your normal work environment is better.Not much else to do.
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