One of my current coworkers is the worst worker I’ve ever had to work with on a daily basis. I will call her Satanette. She has been with the department a year, and the other ten of us in the department have all come to realize over a period of months just how inneffective she is, and well as psychologically unstable, and we’ve learned"Hey, it wasn’t just me that thought she was nuts! You too, huh?" We’ve had to produce all these writeen rules of the workplace, that we didn’t need written down before Satanette, to try and make her responsible for getting at least some things done.
My boss has reportedly made one attempt so far to sit down with her and let her know that she wasn’t pulling her weight, which I was not privy too, but that didn’t work out as she had hoped. Satanette told me that the boss thought the job was overstressiing her, and that she should reduce her hours. What my boss tried to tell her, I found out later, is that she could no longer work overtime at will on these little self-described office emergencies anymore.
Satanette did something today that makes her subject to immediate termination, should an official complaint be filed. She disclosed, to me, information about the medical status of her sister-in-law, who works in the same department as both of us. The hospital privacy rules, developed in response to federal HIPPA patient information privacy, state that someone can be fired for this on the first offense without advance notice. We have all been briefed on these rules, even though we aren’t directly involved in patient care. Even the janitors are briefed on these rules. Also, the sister in law complained to me personally just yesterday about other instances of Satanette blabbing stuff about her condition.
I don’t recall being told that I have an ethical obligation to report a witnessing a breach of confidentiality, though after thinking about it for a day it seems to me lke I do. I’m also not sure whether to report this only to my boss, or also to the victim of the disclosure, to give her the option to make an official complaint. Odds are the sister in law wouldn’t make a complaint against her own relative, but that’s not for me to decide. My guess is that my boss would not order an immediate dismissal; as bad as Satanette is, she’s one of only 3 of us who work a 40 hour work, and she does fill the “warm body in the chair” job reqiurement. But I’m the prime victim of Satanette’s incompetence, and I’m trying to decide whether to actually push for getting rid of her.
I’ve never fired anyone, or even made any kind of official complaint against a coworker. Satanette just signed a mortgage last week, but I end everyone else (including her sister in law) is real tired of this woman.