December 27, 2010
My office hired someone new. My boss liked this new person so much that she didn't test her skills.
It turns out that in spite of six years "experience" in our field, she can do practically nothing, makes a lot of technical mistakes and needs babysitting.
We haven't had pay raises in three years, and we haven't complained, since the economy has been bad, and business, which about crashed three years ago, is only now getting back to pre-crash levels.
When our boss was on vacation, our former bookkeeper came in to do payroll, and left the new person's paycheck in her drawer. When everyone went home that day, I stayed, turned on the coffee maker, and steamed open that pay envelope. When I found out that the new person was making 3k more per year than I am being paid, I wished I didn't know, because it caused me such a rage, for which there was nothing I could do. Basically this new, untested person, hired on the basis of a sweet personality, was given all the raises we've foregone in the last three years and is making more than anybody else here, all of us with at least five years seniority on her.
I feel helpless and hopeless. Can you ask your readers to weigh in on what I should do?
Categories: Modern Manners