I’ve been working ten to twelve hours a day for the last week. A team member was not doing his job and lied about his progress on a key initiative that launches this weekend. Another software engineer was assigned to the project last Friday. He blew the whistle on the non-performer which caused epic chaos.
The non-performer, a man in his late fifties, has always been a stellar employee. Something has gone terribly wrong in the last few months. His behavior shows signs of either substance abuse (most likely meth) or severe psychological problems.
My friend, Double A, is the HR director at his firm so I consulted him for advice. The company has to follow HR guidelines and employment laws. The department’s management, based in the UK and Texas, has yet to address the issue. They have not taken the man off the project, but instead, assigned many additional resources to the project. The additional resources were helpful but caused another level of confusion.
The non-performer doesn’t think he has a problem. When confronted with proof of not doing his job he becomes angry and comes up with excuses that don’t make sense. He comes in late and leaves early. He often disappears for long periods of time. Two employees are afraid of the non-performer so they are refusing to come into the office and are working at home. I’m thankful I work from home and have been attending meeting via teleconference. I don’t want to be involved in a postal situation.
The team has almost recovered from the crisis. The launch will proceed this weekend. The non-performer is involved in five projects in my queue for the next production cycle. I’m not looking forward to working with the man. I may have to be the tail wagging to dog in order to make sure I’m not involved in another raging cluster fuck. I may not throw him under the bus but I have no problem driving the bus he walks in front of.