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Monday, December 03, 2012

I approached my boss about the probability of my coworker not leaving when she is supposed to. I told her flat out that I cannot afford to stay in a part-time position and if the other person does not leave as agreed upon then I would be job hunting. She (the boss) had no idea what I was talking about and said she would find out what is going on. Seems funny that there is so much gossip going around work that she (the boss) claims to know but at least 4 people (including the person doing it) has told me there is a chance she wont be leaving when planned but yet the boss hasn't heard the gossip?? She is supposed to get back to me about it. I hate playing games and/or waiting............... emoticon
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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/4/2012 4:08PM

    Get yourself a notebook and document the time and date and who said what - even if it is gossip. Don't have to get into it with the person, just make no accusations - just a non-committal "oh, I see...?" and go on about your business.

The boss has to know something because (depending on how your company is organized), if the co-worker doesn't leave as projected, then the human resources office has to deal with the end of paperwork issues - last paycheck, vacation back pay, insurance rollover to COBRA etc.

In any case.... stay cool, civil, polite with the boss. If you feel like you aren't getting through, then you'll need to start working on Plan B - looking for new job and a possible plan C (so you'd have a new plan B if your Plan B now becomes the new present Plan A. Does this make sense? hee hee.)... Go on some interviews. If boss acts like s/he really wants to you stay even if the old co=worker doesn't leave, then you can tell them that you've been given a different job offer (assuming you do get some job offers during your interviews, right? THINK POSITIVELY NOW!!!)...

Anyway... they are gonna keep stringing you along now because of the Christmas rush and I could almost bet your hours will be cut in January if this keeps rocking along with co-worker along. The only other thing I thought could be a possibility as to why you'd be offered a full time job if/when co-worker left is if co-worker is about to max out her total annual part time hours allotted by the fed government? This was an ongoing issue with me when I used to work part time for Target years ago.

So just hang in there... stay cool...vent the sarcasm somewhere safe, like here, not at the work site. It will be used against you if you vent there. No need to stoop down to the lower standards of immature behavior that your co-worker is acting out now. She can fool some of the people all the time, but she won't be able to fool all of the people all the time. Chances are, your boss is more aware of the situation than she is legally able to share with you, so do what you can to make boss look good. Eventually it will all work out!! We just can't see it right now when we're in the thick of troubles!

Hang in there!!

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Julia

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TRUCKERSMRS 12/4/2012 4:59AM

    Office politics, the scourge of the workplace. I hope she is true to her word and does not know anything about your colleague not leaving. It might be worth keeping an eye out for a full time position anyway just to cover your bases. I hope this does not drag into the New Year for you.
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TRUCKERWIFE2 12/4/2012 12:05AM

    Sorry you are going through a rough time at work. Work politics are the worst. Hope things turn out the way you want them to.

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KARRENLYNN 12/3/2012 11:27PM

    I hope things turn out the way you want. Either way, you were upfront with your boss and you can put a plan in place that benefits you.

Good luck,

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DIET_FRIEND 12/3/2012 11:22PM

    I think you should always be looking for a better position. I think one reason I am unemployed is that I stayed too long at my last job.

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TEADYBEAR77 12/3/2012 10:42PM

    I hate office politics myself. I hope things turn around for you.

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BDH1970 12/3/2012 10:12PM

    I hope things turn out okay for you!!

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UMBILICAL 12/3/2012 10:07PM

  Be patient

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