"Carly" comes in late every day and leaves right at quitting time. During work hours, she calls her family, texts her friends, shops online, surfs the Net, reads the paper and listens to ballgames on her computer. She also spends time chatting with people at her desk.
In the meantime, you're swamped, you eat lunch at your desk every day, your inbox is overflowing, and you frequently have to stay late to meet deadlines. You've tried to be professional, but you can't help feeling resentful, especially when she seems like a great gal - who has a cushy job and is oblivious to your crushing work load. You've even spoken to your office manager about the situation, without any redistribution of the load. What recourse do you have?
The workplace coach's answer accurately reflects the reality in many law firms, and you should read it in full to see her solution. Essentially, she says it's ultimately up to the powers that be, i.e. the attorneys, to fairly distribute the workload, if they are so inclined. Still, if no changes are made, where does this leave you, especially if you can't help but feel bitter (and abandoned) when "Carly" waltzes out the door every day at 5:00 p.m. (or earlier), while you're still at your desk assembling dozens of exhibits for an e-filing due in federal court that night. Can you learn to live with it?
How have you dealt - or how do you deal - with unequal distribution of work at your law firm or in your legal department, especially between co-workers of equal rank and pay? I'm hoping you'll share your thoughts and solutions here at this post (and please feel free to use the Anonymous comment option if you're more comfortable with it).
You might also be interested in checking out Dr. McIntyre's website, Your Office Coach at http://www.yourofficecoach.com/ for more information about workplace concerns and her book, Secrets to Winning at Office Politics.
Source: The Modesto Bee