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That’s not my job…

There was a funny little situation with Lauren at work yesterday… she’s a certified trainer and intelligent and skilled enough to do just about anything in the place, aside from actual management. She can be bitchy at times, and always appears to be in a negative mood, but she is a good worker and doesn’t single me out with her attitudes. So, I could care less what kind of mood she’s in, aside from my empathy kicking in and it overwhelming me at moments.

Well, yesterday she was assigned to a cash register. Usually I see her on the sandwich line. Apparently they had run out of cooked eggs for the breakfast sandwiches, so she proceeds to wander around the place looking for the person in charge of breakfast sandwiches. Turns out, there wasn’t anyone in particular assigned to he task, so she grudgingly went back to the line to get some eggs cooking. A manager asked about the situation, and she responded: “Well, that’s not my job.”

It reminded me of an inspirational message Dave had passed along to me years ago:

A Motivational Smile – That’s Not My Job By Author Unknown This is a story told about four people named, Somebody, Everybody, Anybody and Nobody. There was one important job to be done. Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about it because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it. Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

So it wasn’t her job for that day, but she knows how to do it and has done it before. She didn’t have anyone at the time to even ring up at the register, yet she was complaining about doing a simple task as cooking eggs because it wasn’t her job. WTF?

There’s another girl I work with, Tanisha, that has major attitude problems. Management is well aware of how she treats a select few other employees, myself included. Apparently, if she doesn’t get her act together, she’ll be included in the spring cleaning at the end of the holiday.

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