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Boss Won't Fire Employee, but Won't Use Her

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Q: Our consulting firm has a small group of administrative assistants, so when one of the bosses need work, they give it to the person who's available. One of the assistants is incompetent: she screws up every assignment she is given. Because of this, none of the bosses will use her and so she rarely has anything to do. The problem is they won't fire her because they say it's too complicated these days and they don't want a lawsuit. Is this what the workplace has become? Anyone can keep a job and be a garbage employee and get paid for it. This is sick and discouraging for the other employees in the office who are efficient and earn their money.

A: Keeping employees who function below the performance levels of all others is bad for many reasons. It lowers morale. No one wants others in the same or similar positions to receive an unfair advantage. This incompetent assistant is being paid for not working, since she screws up everything she's given. The bosses may have a reason for concern; some employees will dream up all sorts of stories and reasons for filing a wrongful dismissal lawsuit. But if those bosses spent some time to document every error she makes and the consequences to those errors, they could call in human resources and fire her for good cause.

Perhaps when the good employees exodus the company for well-managed companies, the bosses will wake up to the damage they have caused by keeping her employed.

DOCTOR FEARS COMPLAINING ABOUT BAD NURSE

Q: I was in the hospital, but was alert as to all that was happening. I listened to what my doctor told me was going to be done, and I kept track of the antibiotic IVs I was to receive. A couple of times I had to correct the nurse who brought in an IV too soon after the previous one. She checked the records, saw that I was correct, and brought the IV bag back to wherever. I told the doctor of the mistakes she made with the timing on the antibiotics, and he just shook his head. I asked, "Aren't you going to report her?" He said "no," because the nurses could make life at the hospital difficult for the doctors. I was horrified by his answer. It's lucky I paid attention and knew what was going on, but what happens to the elderly or those who aren't healthy or alert enough to understand what's going on. This is a terrible state of affairs.

A: Not all hospitals are equal. Neither are all doctors and nurses. Hospitals have varying hiring policies, standards, and educational requirements for medical staff. This also pertains to hospital management.

Some hospitals excel in certain specialties over other hospitals, and that excellence will attract doctors from superior schools and medical practices. There is a reason for the rating system for the hospitals, because doctors hold various levels of accomplishments, experiences, and past performances. This information is available to the public. All that's needed is for a person to conduct a little independent research.

Too many people treat medical professionals as gods. While doctors and other medical personnel may be educated and more knowledgeable than their patients, they are not gods. If you have a serious condition or require a sensitive surgery, check into the doctor's background and records. Find out about past lawsuits, as well as the number of accidents and incidents at the hospital.

Every field has outstanding professionals, and there's a reason for certain hospitals to receive higher ratings than others. "Let the buyer beware" does not pertain only to business. If you require a serious medical procedure, bring a good friend or alert family member as an advocate to keep watch over you. Ultimately, you are in charge of the quality of your healthcare.

Email your questions to workplace expert LindseyNovak@yahoo.com and follow her on Twitter @TheLindseyNovak and Facebook at Lindsey.Novak.12 or visit her website www.lindseyparkernovak.com. To find out more about Lindsey Novak, visit Creators Syndicate Website at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2017 CREATORS.COM

 

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