There’s always one, isn’t there?
You know, ‘that’ one.
THE one employee.
The moaner, the whinger, the one who smiles to your face but complains to everyone else and then smiles to your face again.
You may read this and think, ‘Lucky thing! You only have one!’ And I do count myself lucky but I also can’t help but wonder what makes people tick and why they waste so much energy on being ‘that’ one.
Most conversations from ‘that’ one start with, ‘I know you’re busy, but…’
‘That’ one thinks they’re the only person in the surgery who does any work to the right standard; it doesn’t matter how well anybody else does their work, it’s never as good as theirs.
‘That’ one is the first to complain that a meeting took place on their day off so they were ‘left out’, yet they would never put themselves forward to come in, or join us on Teams, even with the promise that they’d get their time back.
They want to complain.
‘That’ one is the one who never answers an email if we’re looking for extra staff or, even worse, looking for someone to cover lock-up.
‘That’ one is the first to complain about another colleague ‘not pulling their weight’ while at the same time arranging a night out with said colleague.
‘That’ one always cries if you bring them in and talk to them about their attitude; ‘that’ one always has many excuses for their behaviour – the last time it was due to their poorly budgie, which resulted in a sleepless night.
‘So that explains why you’re being a *****,’ I think to myself. I sigh inwardly while my head actually nods sympathetically. But that old sinking feeling is back. I guess I just have to accept that they’re ‘that’ one.
Nothing is good enough for ‘that’ one; if you offer them a training opportunity, they want to do another course, and if you offer to increase/decrease their hours, it’s not on the right day. ‘That’ one will check their holiday entitlement and make sure it’s correct to the exact minute. ‘That’ one refers to their contract at every given opportunity. ‘That’ one always wants Christmas Eve off, and when you explain it has to be rotated, they then cry to the senior partner that they’ve been deprived of Christmas Eve off with their kids. Luckily, the senior partner also knows that they can be a ******* ****. (You can make up your own special words to fill in the gaps!)
You must have a ‘that’ one too. The worst thing is they don’t really do enough for you to formally challenge them.
Everything they do is through a smile and everything they say is sickly sweet, when in fact you know they probably want to staple most of their colleagues to the noticeboard by the ear.
Good luck with your ‘that’ one! At least while we’re wearing masks we can continue to mouth ‘**** ***!’ or words to that effect. Something positive has to come out of this year!
PM Polly 🙂