Friday, August 12, 2016


I have worked with dozens of horrendous co-workers in my career as a library worker. It is quite possible that I have never gone to my supervisor to complain about any of them. This is not to say that in conversation with a supervisor I haven't in wider discussions referred to deep failings of certain co-workers under the assumption that my supervisors are not entirely stupid and are capable, at a minimum, of simple observations. And if I, in discussion with a supervisor, realistically acknowledge the shortcomings of a co-worker who is not horrendous, who maybe in some ways is minimally competent, I will be scrupulous in contextualizing their problem areas and noting their positives.

Because here is a law for you, a psychological evaluation, a litmus test:

 If you ever go in to a supervisor for the express purpose of complaining about a co-worker who is 

A. Not particularly mean to you.

B. Has done nothing gravely unethical.

C. Would, if you gave an overall letter grade to your co-workers, receive a "D" or better.

Then you do not know who you are.

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