Hello, RHU. Greenhouse Gal here, and I need advice. I have one co-worker who is a very nice person--I'll call her Bunny. She's also very young, and can be very...dramatic at times. I sometimes find her very annoying, but I remind myself--she means well, because she really does. But for some reason, she's seems very special to management. Anyhow, onto the problem.
At my store, there are a couple of us that do the bookkeeping (I am one, Bunny is another, there's a few more). The past few weeks, on days that I am doing bookkeeping after her, I am consistently having to finish work that Bunny has left undone. Part of it is that we are very busy right now in the holiday season, so the books can take longer than they do under normal circumstances--although the schedule is also written now so that we're generally doing the books for just one day, not two (which is what we do under normally). I am also consistently finding mistakes that she has made, although they are generally easily fixed (mis-entering certain data, overlooking sign-up forms for our rewards program, etc.). I don't know if the problem is that she isn't being scheduled for enough time to finish the books, or if she's spending too much time helping out in other departments.
The head administrator has made it very clear, both to us and to management, that when we're scheduled to do the books, that takes priority because it *has* to be done. If we have extra time, we can feel free to help out (and I have stayed late on many weekend bookkeeping shifts to do so, *after* I've finished my admin work). I've been debating whether to bring up this issue to the administrator, but I don't want to cause drama or problems.
Fast forward to tonight. Bunny was scheduled for bookkeeping for 4 hours, then in a department for 4. However, Bunny claimed that her leg was *killing* her and she couldn't walk, so would have to work the registers instead of her assigned department. Here is what I mean by drama--she was lying on the floor of the breakroom with her leg propped up on a table to 'elevate' it, kept telling people "I can't walk! Do you want me to put that away for you? I'll do it, but it'll take me a long time because I can't walk!" etc., etc. Annoying, but again, she's young.
But here's what bugged me--she never actually showed up at the registers, because she was too busy finishing up the books. Now, there is NO WAY that it can possibly take 8 hours to do that job unless you're seriously fucking around. And because she wasn't at the registers (and someone had been pulled off to cover where she was supposed to be), they were falling behind and I (as well as lots of other folks) kept having to come off the floor to help out at the registers. I was seriously annoyed. And when I was in the office at close, her paperwork (that she had *double the normal time* to finish half the normal work) was all strewn about, not put away, the register assignments weren't done for tomorrow, etc., etc. I'm starting to think the reason that she never finishes her work is because she has to *create* drama--"Oh, I was SO BUSY that I couldn't POSSIBLY have finished EVERYTHING..."--argh.
So, RHU--what do I do? Her slacking generally doesn't directly affect me--I can easily finish my work, and her leftover work, in the time allotted to me. Tonight, it wasn't like I got paid any less. But it still really bugs me that I have to keep picking up her slack. Do I just let it ride, and hope it gets better once the busy season is over? Do I bring it up with administration/management and risk having them be annoyed that I'm complaining? Plus, if anyone talks to her about it, she'll know it was because I complained, and I can see that causing more DRAMA. So, suck it up, or bring it up?