How to deal with difficult co-workers?
March 1, 2014 8:32 AM Subscribe
In December I started working for a mill that manufactures flour, and although most employees there are excellent and fun to work with, I am discovering that many of my immediate co-workers appear to sabotage others for their own benefit.
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I work as a truck driver (one of four), and I drive the mill’s fleet of trucks and trailers, either to deliver bulk flour in pneumatic trailers or to haul wheat shorts in custom-built grain trailers.
Among the drivers (my immediate co-workers) there doesn’t seem to be much respect or honesty with issues and duties. In fact, I would describe it as outright lying and attempting to sabotage each other’s jobs, such as blaming the another driver for any damage or mishaps, withholding paperwork, etc.
One driver blamed me for leaving a compartment on a trailer open and driving home with it open, thereby causing snow to accumulate inside the trailer and freeze it shut. However, I wasn’t the last to drive that truck or trailer, he was, which he eventually had to admit to.
On the weekend my supervisor forgot to have the paperwork ready on Friday for the driver that was to take a load of bulk flour out, but instead of admitting to this mistake and correcting it, decided to schedule me to take that load and was going to blame it on ‘driver error’. Unfortunately for him I was snowed in and wasn’t able to make it to the mill, so he had to take the load and admit to his mistake.
On Thursday night my supervisor was to take a load of bulk flour out and plugged the trailer’s pipes. Instead of correcting that mistake Friday morning, he left it in the yard all night for someone else, i.e., me, to deal with, and decided to take the whole day off when he scheduled himself to work that day. Even the upper management was annoyed with this, and more than one person said the reason he didn’t come in was because he didn’t want to have to admit he screwed up. It took me almost 13 hours in -50˚C weather to unplug the trailer and clean his mess. Now he wants me to sacrifice my only day off in like a week and a half to do what I was scheduled to do yesterday but couldn’t because he wasn’t there and I had to finish what he didn’t do on Thursday.
Working where I am right now is really my first time being employed full-time, and I am finding all this dishonesty, blaming others, and unfair treatment frustrating to deal with. How can I cope with this?