Ugh... I'm so mad!
Yeah, your right. It would be nice to not think of that, but honestly, that is the first thing that popped into my head. Especially since they seem to have blinders on about her work performance and ability.
Well, the owners were a married couple. Although the thought had crossed the rest of our minds, I doubt it seriously. :) And actually, the female boss was more apt to run to the receptionist's defense than the male if anyone brought up an issue with her to them.
Shortly before I left I, of course, had to train my replacement who was a very young, pretty, petite girl with lots of personality and former beauty queen. She really was a very sweet and outgoing girl. Well, the receptionist did not welcome her to the team with open arms for whatever reason (I feel she felt threatened by her looks and self-motivation.) She would always treat her like dirt beneath her feet, always tried to blame her own mistakes on the new girl and was just rude to her. So, as supervisor to both of them, I brought this hostility up to the female boss which instead of allowing me to handle the situation, she approached the receptionist and told her what I had said and asked her if there was a problem. Well, that caused a right out war - not really towards me but from then on she was nice to my replacement in public but when no one was around she was worse than ever. I still get emails from people at work telling me all the horrible stuff that goes on and I am so glad that I left when I did! At first I had regrets leaving but now I am positive that I made the best decision. :)
Yes. We. Did.
I have to ask.... were your bosses men? And if so, maybe she was doing more than office skills.
I honestly don't know why they hired her other than the fact that I lived in a small town where the selection was slim to choose from. (These are the same bosses, btw, that did not feel that your child's illness or other needs were significant enough to call in absent to work.) This girl was the only one who was allowed to leave whenever her child was sick or had a parent lunch day or something similar. The rest of the hard working moms in the office were not so lucky and often had to call their husbands or other family members in the event they were called to pick the children up from school. It just really made me mad that this girl who had NO SKILLS - computer, social, organization or otherwise - was given such freedoms to do what she wanted and was then rewarded for all the things she really didn't do to begin with!
I by no means was the greatest employee in the world nor was I that knowlegable with the computer, but at least I knew how to turn the thing on and wasn't scared to sit there and play with the thing until I figured out how to do something. This girl on the other hand spent two hours trying to figure out why she couldn't type in any numbers. She finally came to me and told me she broke the computer or that it was too old and needed to be replaced. After telling me what happened, I told her to try the "Num Lock" key. The light was even lit up telling her that it was on! I am still amazed how she managed to last as long as she has.
Where I live, nobody would hire a receptionist who had such poor skills. Receptionists here start out around 30K (I was making 35K at my receptionist job) and they expected you to know Microsoft Office Suite - not just know it, but be super proficient in it, as you were required to be the one to help others when they had computer problems. I also worked briefly at a
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