So the whole Bratson saga kicked up a notch today.
Please enjoy some excerpts from my file notes:
Delays with current task due to time spent texting and on internet
Noted that Bratson was spending a good deal of time texting and on the internet.
Bratson responded that he “needed his headspace” and stated that he had not missed any deadlines (ha! see below).
Reminded him that:
- We need to complete assigned work as quickly and accurately as possible so we can move on to the many, many other tasks we have.
- It is not appropriate to sit about texting / browsing the internet when work needs to be completed.
Current Task (2 part task)
Part 1. Search for 143 names in database – generous estimated time: 6
hours (at 1-2 max) per name. Time allowed 2 days.
- Copy Name from spreadsheet
- Paste into search screen
- Click Search Button
- Copy result to spreadsheet
- If no result, search for variation of name and repeat
- Sat with Bratson for approximately 15-20 minutes explaining task
- Had Bratson take notes while watching me complete task actions
- Sat with Bratson for approximately 10-15 minutes while he started task to answer questions
Part 2. [other, lengthy part of task]
Part 1 of task has taken 3.5 days+. Bratson has been reminded on several occasions that this is a two part task and the deadline given was for both pieces of work.
Bratson has been asked multiple times each day (particularly when observed texting and on internet) how he was going, if there were any issues he needed resolved or if he had any questions.
When pressed Bratson advised Part 1 would be completed COB 26/9.
Update: 28/9 – Bratson delivered part 1 of task at 1.15pm 27/8.
I now need to complete part 2 of the task myself (Bratson out of office today), adversely impacting my other deliverables and have had to apologise profusely for delay in delivery.
Given that my previous approaches to MrT regarding Bratson have been unsuccessful, I approached his PA about how I might best raise this.
Today, when expressing disgruntlement to MrT that my work had now slipped (see above) I received a right bollocking.
Apparently I have “personal issues” and “negative energy” with Bratson.
As a manager, it is my job to ensure Bratson is not texting/using the internet
As a manager, it is my job to ensure Bratson performs to my standards
As a manager, if Bratson does not understand a simple task, it is my fault for not explaining it adequately
I attempted to explain the very, gentle, encouraging approach I had taken with Bratson (ie. treating him like a 5 year old) and I received a bollocking.
I also received a bollocking for approaching his PA.
When I asked MrT if he was certain he was being completely objective here, I received another bollocking.
The astounding thing is that SaltMinesLimited is not the type of place where quasi-nepotism1 abounds, if I was in a law firm or professional services (please Universe, never again!), I would totally expect this and act accordingly. My peers in middle management (who have all mostly done the very hard-yards) are particularly livid at this nonsense.
I’m thinking the optimal strategy is to give Bratson no work and let him wander, eat biscuits and text to his heart’s content while earning his ridiculous salary.
1thanks to ruthless