Ugh... I'm so mad!

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Registered: 02-09-2008
Ugh... I'm so mad!
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Sun, 03-02-2008 - 10:20pm

Ugh... I'm so mad!

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Registered: 10-13-2007
Mon, 05-12-2008 - 10:11am

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.


Lori

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Mon, 05-12-2008 - 9:59am

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. :)

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Mon, 05-12-2008 - 8:10am
you know I have to say...I really really long for the day that we can get past the 'oh she must be doin' them' speculation about women in the workforce....
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Registered: 10-13-2007
Sun, 05-11-2008 - 11:30pm

I have to ask.... were your bosses men? And if so, maybe she was doing more than office skills.

Lori

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Sat, 05-10-2008 - 4:31pm

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.

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Registered: 04-18-2008
Sat, 05-10-2008 - 12:10pm

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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Sun, 05-04-2008 - 8:21pm
I can honestly say that I know how you feel. I used to work at a real estate company for almost 6 years. I began as the receptionist and after almost a year, they moved me back to property management. We were a small company so I had to know how to do all the jobs, i.e. bookkeeping, receptionist, property manager, sales, etc. After I left the front desk we had several to take my place but the last girl while I was there lasted the longest at three years. The bosses LOVED her because she baked food all the time, went out of her way to do things for them, and was the biggest gossip and would always go running to them to get someone in trouble. They loved it. The thing is, she had NO SKILLS WHATSOEVER. She didn't even know how to turn the computer on. Every time she had to do something with the computer, she'd always mess it up and call me to the front to fix it or show her how to do it. She was awful with customers and clients - rude and had a better than thou attitude. People complained all the time about her when I had to watch the front for her. She was all the time taking off work "going to the doctor" or "sick" but that night I would see her out eating or shopping. The bosses would naturally expect her to write letters or come up with ads, etc. which she would never do and instead ask me to do them. The last year that I was there the bosses decided to do "Employee of the Year" awards at Christmas. Seeing as how there were only three employees - me, her and the bookkeeper - and seeing as how I had been there the longest and had more projects to make the business better under my belt, I just knew that I would get the award. WRONG! They gave it to her. Oh! I was so mad. They said they gave it to her for an advertising idea she had
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Mon, 03-03-2008 - 4:41am
Sorry. that sucks.

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