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How do you handle a coworker from Hell?

I've been working with a female coworker who has become a nightmare! Several years ago, things were fine, we worked well together, and even hung out occasionally. Our jobs require the two of us to work together as a team. Things began to change for the worse about 1 1/2 years ago. Her partying got out of control with drinking/drugs during the week. She'd come into work hung over & not able to do the work.Our work environment is unsupervised and for a governmental agency. Her endless personal problems (resulting from her drinking) have her missing at least 2 days a week. When she's there, she takes extended lunches instead of the half hour we're given & leaves the office numerous times throughout the day for 15-20 min. On top of this, she refuses to admit she needs help & acts like "what's the problem?". I've complained to management so many times, they're tired of hearing it. They've taken some discipline steps but not enough to change anything. Anyone have suggestions?

Asked By: Kathy K - 11/1/2006
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If you haven't begun yet, document everything! Keep extensive documentation, showing detailed occurrences. After documenting the facts (not emotions, not feelings) for about three months, make an appointment with your direct supervisor. If she will not take action, go to the next level of management, and keep going... More
Answered By: kkirby45 - 11/1/2006
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Throw her out the third floor window if you have one.
Answered By: NuckinFutz - 11/1/2006
 
try no to rely on her eventually she should come to her senses maybe recomend a recovery or rehab center to her ya never know it might work
Answered By: Naudia D - 11/1/2006
 
Crosses and holy water.
Answered By: trafficer21 - 11/1/2006
 
I say set her *ss up. She is asking for it. Some type of deadline or project, left entirely up to her then don't help or cover for her in any way. Jeopardize it even, tell her you have it then bail. If she is as bad as you make her out, she will get what is coming to her sooner than later. Good luck!
Answered By: Mega - 11/1/2006
 
You said you are working for a governmental agency. Why don't you apply for another job with that agency or another one. Usually government agencies have many job listings for employees. I wonder if she belongs to a minority group and they are reluctant to take the proper steps to make her straighten up and fly... More
Answered By: taurus - 11/1/2006
 
Ask for a transfer or a new partner, since they don't want to get rid of her.
Answered By: cantstandrudeness - 11/1/2006
 
ex-lax her candy every day she wont last long
Answered By: moonwalker - 11/1/2006
 
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