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Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
I'm fairly new to the organization and was teamed up with a guy who is not strong on communication normally but who has really pushed that to the limit as of late. It's a team of two. I'm sitting in our weekly team meeting only to find out that my teammate is taking 10 days off and I have 5 hours to learn how to re-run failed ETL jobs and other miscellaneous datawarehouse issues. Those are not what I was hired for and have very little experience in those areas. If I hadn't pushed him those last 5 hours, I don't even think he would have thought to train me on anything. Worse yet, he's just an 'ok' teacher. He promised me, and my boss, that he would babysit the ETL processes remotely so that he could catch errors, spot failures and rerun the jobs so that I wouldn't be overwhelmed. I was pissed at both him and my boss for not communicating this time off and it's not my business as to why he wanted/needed the time off, but some advanced notice of taking the time off would have been helpful. I just need to prepare for it. My boss said, it's not you, it's just his way. Great...that's so helpful...NOT!.

Day 1, bugeyed jobs are failing bigtime and I go to find out that I wasn't set up with administrator priviledges on the server so I can't really do anything. So I tell my boss this and ask for admin priviledges but they haven't been granted yet.

Day 6, hairpull3 I've been stressing out with all of the failures and bug requests that I'm getting that I can't do anything about. I have been trying to research the errors to help my teammate fix the problems and sending him anything - a link, a suggestion, whatever, that I think might be helpful. I've offered to do anything that might help give him more time to fix the problems but I get no response either by email or IM.

This morning I see that he's active on our IM site, send him a 'good morning' IM, nothing else, just 'good morning' and he immediately shuts down his IM. That made it very clear to me that I have no team...

I really like this company, my boss and my coworkers but this situation just sucks. I've spoke to the boss and he said it's just his (my coworkers) way...well that's just not good enough. My boss can make him respond because he's the boss, but that doesn't help me. I like my coworker as a person but as a teammate - machinegun he sucks!

Any suggestions?

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

At my last job, there was a vacation calendar set up in Outlook. We had to mark out time as being out of office on that calendar and our own (and only after our supervisor's approval). Corporate policy required at least 1 day's notice for absences (unforeseen events such as a death in the family, illness, or other emergency excepted). I made it a habit to always check the vacation calendar every morning. That way, even if someone I covered for would be out for a while and didn't approach me, at least I could approach them.

Look up your organization's policies for time off, and see if they were followed. As always, document everything. Save those e-mails.

"It's just his way" doesn't cut it, IMHO.

-- Francis
Francisus ego, sed non sum papa.

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

You're doomed. Why? Because your boss let this shizzle fly instead of forcing the crappy coworker to follow reasonable protocols for getting time off. Now, maybe it's something huge why he's gone, but being on the IM system doesn't jive with that. Best advice: stop stressing over things that you cannot fix/control.

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I've spoke to the boss and he said it's just his (my coworkers) way...
Translation: Boss doesn't have the interest in disciplining coworker OR he's too valuable - an "untouchable" OR your boss is a wimp.

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well that's just not good enough.
It will HAVE to be good enough because neither the boss nor the coworker is likely to change much (human nature).

If you can't stand it, you have to start looking elsewhere. Please don't start plotting a commando operation.

I had quite a similar situation. A coworker runined his life by having an affair (maybe only a mental affair at that point) with a woman at the office. Wife found out, threw all his stuff out on the front porch in December. He basically turned into a puppy that looked like he'd been kicked down stairs every day for months. Could NOT get him to do any work that I needed him to do to allow me to do some of my work (my work dependent upon his being done first). Talked to human resources. "Oh we can't fire "Rob" because if we do, we can't replace the headcount". So, he's useless and he's not fireable. Could have strangled him. My boss had already left for greener pastures. Didn't replace the IT manager either.

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
Flapeyre,
I have multiple calendar displays set up so that I can see my, my bosses, my coworkers and a few other important calendars at once, my coworkers calendar did not and still does not show the time off. I agree, "Its just his way" doesn't cut it.

Goombawaho,
I wish it was that easy to stop stressing, I've been the responsible one all my life and it's hard to stop and step back. (darn it)

Quote:

Translation: Boss doesn't have the interest in disciplining coworker OR he's too valuable - an "untouchable" OR your boss is a wimp.
It's definitely a combo of the first two.

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If you can't stand it, you have to start looking elsewhere. Please don't start plotting a commando operation.
That's kind of my thinking - start looking elsewhere - not the commando op...cannon...although it crossed my mind this morning.

How did you end up dealing with your dead weight coworker? Your boss left - what did you do?

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

They got rid of about 15 people one day about six months later (engineers, the whole IT department and more) and replaced IT with a contract company and the engineers with some in das vaterland. So, by becoming unemployed I "solved" the situation.mad

But the upside - I have never worked a full day in my life after that day in April 2006. I am my own boss now and making enough money to do what I need to do and take more time off to play.

For you, you'll have to learn to grin and bear it or plot your escape. If the job is good, pay is good, the people are nice, the location and office are good, it might not be a bad idea to learn to say "to heck with it" and do YOUR job and no more. Otherwise you might end up "out of the frying pan and into the fire" somewhere else where it might be double bad.

BTW - CEO got fired about one year later. Company closed the North American office about two years later, so I was ahead of the curve.

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
That's awesome, I'm happy for youcheers. Wish I could do the same.

The job is good, I've had the opportunity to learn more and gain experience with different types of software in the few months I've been here than in the last 15 years of my career. It's a fairly young and youthful company. We work hard and play hard. The pay is good, the majority of people are awesome, the location is perfect - close to home, a no freeway commute and the office is gorgeous. I'm going to try to [quote ]say "to heck with it"[quote ] and see if I can to work with other developers and maybe change the direction of my career pc2.

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

Yeah, I KNOW it's hard, but sounds like you checked off most of the boxes for the things that make you happy at work. The coworker thing may fix itself if he pushes the system too far or he decides to leave for himself. Don't be a fool like me, I started to nag my coworker about his slacking nature (long lunches, f-around attitude) and that's probably one of the reasons they jettisoned the IT dept - no teamwork/chemistry between us.

Don't give H.R. or your boss any reason to put a black mark next to YOUR name. Make sure any problems caused by the bonehead's absence or incompetence doesn't get counted against you. Send emails to your boss to make sure that anything falling through the cracks is documented + verbally refer to the email and ask him "what are we going to do about XYZ?" Be subtle, but let him know that stuff is falling through the cracks.

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Trying to extend outside your own direct responsibilities, particularly if colleagues and bosses are unsupportive for whatever reason, can vastly increase your stress. It certainly does for me. So, I've adopted a variation of the Serenity Prayer. Remember the Somebody Else's Problem Field in the Hitchhiker's Guide "trilogy"? When someone comes to you with a problem that is not your responsibility, and you cannot be of help to them (or there's someone nearby that CAN help them a lot more), decide that it is an SEP. Point them in the right direction, give them a little advice on how to handle it if you can, but in the end make it clear to them that that's really all the help you can be to them, and don't think/stress about it any more, because it's just an SEP.

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RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
Thanks for all the suggestions and words of wisdom, I appreciate the help.
Jacque

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

I have a sign on my workshop wall that says:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot fix,
The courage to fix the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Jim

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.


Talking about the signs, often I wish I would have this sign (You Can’t Fix Stupid) at my place of work. It would help me a lot with my stress. Just thinking about it makes me feel better

smile

Have fun.

---- Andy

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
UPDATE
My coworker returned and I find out that he didn't do anything that he said/promised that he would do. He didn't "babysit the ETL processes remotely so that he could catch errors, spot failures and rerun the jobs so that I wouldn't be overwhelmed." He never read his emails or IM's, so that the one actual fix that I came up with was never done. The job that just needed to be rerun, never got reran.

It gets better....said dripping with sarcasm....the boss called a meeting with our group - we are not a team - to discuss how we are going to handle maintaining the ETL processes and the data warehouse issues. I'm supposed to put out a daily email noting all job/process successes and failures, listing all open issues and the status of those issues. Who took nothing away from the meeting...my coworker. I got all of the work, he didn't even get a slap on the wrist...

To say this sucked was an understatement. curse

I'm going to suck it up, survive as long as I can where I am and then try to move into a new spot. lightsaber


Thanks everyone for your advice. Have a nice weekend. cheers

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

==> I'm supposed to put out a daily email noting all job/process successes and failures, listing all open issues and the status of those issues. Who took nothing away from the meeting...my coworker. I got all of the work, he didn't even get a slap on the wrist...

This is good. It will be a lot of work upfront but you now have a paper trail of your co-worker not fixing the issues. You can always send out a weekly email to the group asking your co-worker for an update on where he/she is at in implementing a fix for those issues assigned to him/her.

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

>those issues assigned to him/her.

Um .. I think the point is that Jacque is saying that the coworker in question didn't get anything assigned to them.

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
Strongm,
You're exactly right, he didn't end up with any assignment from the meeting. He didn't even take notes. I had to verbally repeat the fixes I researched, he made the changes and now the jobs are working. Today we had only one failure, so he looks like a returning hero. Sometimes life just sucks. banghead

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

Quote:

It will be a lot of work upfront but you now have a paper trail of your co-worker not fixing the issues.
I think maybe that the company is starting to document his failures, so do a great job of reporting the problems!! Help to dig your co-workers grave for him. Document the hell out of it.

That's what I took from it. Could be wrong, but........ time will tell.

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
Goombawaho,
I like your thinking and hope you're right. He wasn't paying attention to which job needed to be rerun, so he started rerunning the wrong one and then got pissed at me when I told him he was rerunning the wrong one. When I asked for updated status of yesterdays outstanding issues, he snapped at me - I don't have time to answer those stupid questions. So I sent out the email email with a lot of 'researching - reload TBD' on it, I can't put an updated status if I don't know it.

Oh well, a big berry daiquiri(sp?) is sounding really good right now. Can't spell it but sure can drink one.

Thanks again,
Jacque

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

-> Um .. I think the point is that Jacque is saying that the coworker in question didn't get anything assigned to them.

They didn't get anything assigned to them during the meeting but who else knows enough to fix the ETL issues? Jacque's coworker will get issues assigned to him since he is the only one who knows the system...

-> When I asked for updated status of yesterdays outstanding issues, he snapped at me - I don't have time to answer those stupid questions

Ask the questions in an email so everything is documented. CC your manager as well so he/she knows you are doing what you can to get the issues resolved.

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
stubnski,
Yep, that was my point. I expected him to at the very least get a slap on the wrist, instead I got more work and he got nothing.

I spoke with the boss again who asked about some of the statuses and I told him that I can't get blood from a stone, I provided as much information as I got but in a much nicer form. He laughed and said that my coworker is much better than he used to be, so I told the boss (who's very geeky and handy) to build me a cattle prod and I wanted it by Monday. He laughed even more.

Then he announced that we were getting a new member to our group, an internal person who I know has ETL knowledge and experience. WooHoo! 2thumbsup
And he complimented me on my handling of a client issue. He's very good at redirect.

Oh well, hopefully this little saga will end on a better note than it began.

Thanks everyone!
Jacque

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

Why won't they get rid of that load?? Everybody seems to KNOW that he is a turd. I still keep thinking that this is the beginning of his end (the flushing if you will), but stranger things have happened. Is he related to anyone in the company?

What else does turdly do besides the ETL stuff? Does he take care of any of the other stuff?

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
I don't know how or why he's been able to get away with his pissy attitude, poor communication skills AND keep his job.
I'm really hoping you're right about the flushing. flush2
I'm not sure if he's related to anyone, I'll check around because I've wondered about that myself.

He's admins the data warehouse, creates cubes, universes, pretty much anything database/data warehouse related. He's supposedly very good at it and knowledgeable, unfortunately you couldn't prove it by me.

Woohoo, look at the time, my day is done and I'm ready for my drink.
Cheers and thanks for all of the feedback.
Jacque

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

Please don't turn to alcohol for your problems and don't you dare forget to report back especially if something juicy happens, like the dude gets canned. Ahh the days of having problems with coworkers, such fond memories........ Now I'm forever alone. Not sure which is better/worse.

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

This was an interesting read. Jacque, if you out there still, what happened?

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
Hi All,
Latest update: A weekly job that had been consistently failing and had customers complaining, was supposed to be reworked and tested by my coworker. After he finished testing, he let me and the boss know that he thought the issue was fixed. He was supposed to monitor this job scheduled for the weekend and if successful, I was to let the customers know that we had fixed it and it was successful. So my coworker put out an email saying that it was successful, I checked the log and it said it was successful but my gut said to double check and when I did, I found out that while the job ran successfully, the code was 'transforming' every different project to one single project. Thankfully I checked the data before notifying the customer based solely on the fact that he job said success and because at the moment, I'm the person that the customers contact with data issues and hopefully, trust to provide them with accurate information. I told the boss about the project issue and put out an email to my coworker and boss that the job still wasn't correct. It turned out to be a copy and paste error - wouldn't you think to validate this???? After that was fixed and the data reloaded, I checked the data and notified the customers who were happy. So the next week, when I checked this job again, same issue although this time it split the data between two projects, notified the boss and coworker again and it got 'fixed' again. I wonder how many projects it'll be next week....hmmmmm.

I still have to tell him when I see job failures, job cancellations, remind him to rerun jobs, ask him to update me with any jobs run manually since they don't get logged in msdb and ask for updates of open/unresolved issues. He had told me that he received daily emails of job failures but I looked and saw that he didn't have email settings set up for any jobs, I did tell the boss about this because both he and I were under the impression that this was SOP for dba's.

I'm still putting out the daily emails which is an annoyance but at least now, everyone is aware of how shaky our ETL process is and it's putting my coworker in the hot seat in our weekly meetings. Every time we have a 'good' day, which is a day with relatively few failures, there's always the next day with more failures.

We added a new person who is also the 'team' lead, he's a take charge type. He and I get along very well and I welcome his leadership. The first thing he did was sit with both of us separately and discuss what we were doing and any issues we had. He allowed me to vent about the situation above and he asked for my thoughts on improving the situation, I gave him my thoughts and some suggestions. He's also knowledgeable about ETL, he's added the true back-up capabilities that we needed, so I'm feeling much better about that. I can see that my lead and coworker butt heads but I'm staying out of that. I watch and enjoy, but stay out of the fray.

I'm finally getting to do more of my own work which makes me happy pc1 since I like what I do. Also, my boss is very appreciative of the fact that I'm good with the customers, I'm willing to learn new skills and I've been requested by a new internal team which will give me more visibility.

So while it's been a tough road, in the end I'm getting back to where I want to be (even if I still have to put out that pita email).
pita = pain in the a$$.

Jacque

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

Good news! I am glad that you are CC'ing the boss on everything that is happening and not constantly complaining.

Sure, the stress of the situation is bad but if you take the "longview" of it you will see that you are not being blamed for the situation.

Keep up the good work and you will be rewarded with less stress when the non-coworker is gone!

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

Maybe new team lead can help you dump the your coworker in the ditch...................... But seriously, have the new guy help you to document the failures of the turd so that it's not JUST YOU looking like a whining/reporting rat. Maybe the guy will get flushed out yet.

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
The team lead (new guy) was just new to our team, he was an internal transfer, so he already knew my coworker but didn't know this side of him. It's been quite the rude awakening for him. He is keeping track of the issues as well so it's not just me anymore.

Happy Friday everyone! wavey2
Jacque

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

(OP)
Latest Update.....
Guess who decided to leave the company????? The dreaded coworker deadhorse. According to the boss in his announcement in our weekly department meeting, the coworker had been discussing leaving the company to start his own company for about a year. Some people knew, but of course, I was not one of those in the know. All I can say is good bye wavey3, good luck, and good riddance flush2.

I can't believe that he thinks he can start a company with his communication skills or lack thereof, no clients are going to put up with his crap. But it means that I won't have to put up with it anymore, so Woo Hoo!cheers

It sounds like our lead is going to take over a lot of his duties and maybe I'll get to learn some new skills. So all in all, I'll miss his sense of humor but not much else.

I just wanted to tell you guys how much I appreciate your comments and suggestions. Thanks everyone!

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

Great news! Whatever the ex-co-worker does now is irrelevant, he is out of your life! Good for you and good luck!

RE: Find out my 'teammate' is taking off for 10 days 5 hours before he leaves.

Hopefully he won't boomerang back to your company after he fails at his own venture, not to make you paranoid or anything. It's good news for now though for sure.

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