Ok, I kinda think it was.
Here’s the scoop - I have a few jobs, one of which involves market research - basically, I run focus groups. This is not a difficult job, however, there is a certain amount of responsibility involved - handling large sums of money (cash), dealing with a large number of people, ensuring that the clients, who pay big money for the service, are happy with whats going down, etc.
When I work, I have an assistant. Essentially, this person shows people to the elevator and helps me clean up. No responsibility, but important, nonetheless.
One of the assistants at my job has been making inquiries about being promoted to a job comparable to mine - last night, she was given the opportunity to do my job, with me, and we would see how things went.
Well, I don’t know what to say. It was a complete farce. She complained about EVERYTHING I asked her to do, complained about having to buy her own dinner, complained about the restaraunt at the facility we were working at, insisting that she would just “run out” for a minute to buy a snack (she was gone for over an hour), etc. etc.
In addition, she seemed to be trying to make tasks as difficult and time consuming as possible - “I don’t want to put these envelopes in order - can’t I just put them in pretty piles instead?”
Finally, she has been spoken to about her clothing on numerous occasions - she consistantly dresses inappropriately for work - wearing “fat” (phat?) pants, tank tops that tie on her body, belly shirts, bare feet or skank ass runners, etc. etc. As an assistant, it’s not a huge deal, however she was told by at least three different people that she would have to more professionally dressed last night - I even brought in a selection of more conservative tops for her to wear, because she said she didn’t have anything appropriate. She refused to wear any of my tops and instead wore a belly shirt with a fleece over it - GAH! This is * just not cool*! Other assistants have commented that they also like to wear fat pants and tops that attach with string, however, when they come to work, they put on more appropriate atire.
So, here’s the thing. When the Operations Manager and scheduling person asked how this girl did last night, I told them. I said in no uncertain terms that she was too irresponsible to be promoted, that she was gone last night more than she was here, she refused to do tasks, or did them so slowly that I had to do them myself, etc. etc. Needless to say, she’s not going to be getting the promotion and now I feel kind of bad. She’s a nice girl - just totally irresponsible. I felt that I couldn’t, in good conscience, recommend her promotion and now I feel kinda crappy about it.
So - do I suck? Please be nice here folks - I’m feeling pretty guilty about this.