I work in IT in a very small office, small both in size and personnel. Do to a recent reorginization we inherited a new office mate, which meant a rearranging of the office. This new person in the first two days in the office has declared themself the manager of the office and tried to take over. Fred (not a real name) and I have run the office for ten years. We are both Level 8 techs, (the highest in the institution we work at). This person was a level 5 lab assistant doing a lateral transfer from a different department. They were resonsible for handing out tests and grading them.
This person’s new job is to answer the helpdesk phone and transfer them to the appropriate resource. This by virture of have completed a one semester certificate course (not a degree) in Helpdesk Management. The way HR wrote the job description was to insure this person got the job. None of the level 8 techs, (There are five of us, Network, Programming and Microcomputer specialist) would qualify, because although we have an average of 17 yrs experience, multiple degrees and tons of update training, not one of us had a certification to answer a damn pnone and write down a problem and refer it to the person who could fix it. We are merely qualified to fix it. Not that any of us would want the job, it would involve a considerable cut in pay. Not even Trisha, the instructer of the helpdesk classes qualified, she did not have the certificate for what she was teaching. (I might note Trisha is fully qualified and an excellent tech in her own right and the best choice for the job, but as a level 8 tech, not a level 5 lab assistant).
This person took the liberty today of deciding what should and should not be in the office, and threw away what ever they did not feel should be there. And then decided to put in a request to have a new desk installed for themselves, (which would take well over half the office, in an office alledgedly shared by three people.) Then decided the carpeting needed to be replaced, and new paint, and the open shelves are inapproriate, we need closed cabinets, so it looks neat. To replace the carpeting and repaint would knock us offline for days, during our busiest time of the year.
I have been there for over ten years, and the used steel desk I started with ten years ago is still good enough. We are not a reception office, we make things work. Reference books belong on a shelve right above your desk so you can access them quickly.
I guess I am really just venting at this person for being an ass and HR and Administration for letting them get away with it.