I guess that my title is the short version. Slightly longer version: I took a promotion in March to a position which is not my favorite job in the world, but my boss kind of begged and wheedled and I knew that I could do it well, so I took it. Nobody else would even apply for the job internally, and it needed to be filled asap. It's been fine. I've streamlined most of the tasks and it's not nearly as bad as my predecessor had made it sound.
They also had to hire a new clerk who serves as my backup among other tasks. Hiring for this was actually done before I took over my position, the original backup had taken a really great promotion and new clerk got a ton of good training from her but did not take notes. It turns out that the note-taking wasn't the problem. New clerk just doesn't pay attention to detail. Repeatedly. It's as if he just.does.not.care.
The biggest issue is that I'm going on maternity leave in about six weeks. Technically, new clerk should be fine taking over my duties. The know-how is there. The issue is that he doesn't pay attention and skips necessary duties as he feels like it. He gets extremely defensive when called out on any mistake, has flat out lied to my boss and me several times in the past week, and I'm really worried that I'm going to come back from leave to a giant disaster. I've already decided to take a modified leave instead of 12 straight weeks, just to be safe. Whenever we've gone to our boss, she makes excuses for new clerk. I think that she doesn't want to deal with another new hire just before our busiest time and my leave.
This is a mess, I know. But what do I do? When I've pointed out errors in new clerk's work and ways to double check it, he says "Oh, I did that this morning." Um, no, you didn't. I can see the time stamps when you accessed the file, and you didn't even look at it until after I emailed you! It's stuff like that every.single.day.
I know this is probably not an etiquette issue, so mods, feel free to move this.