Oh Sweet Diety.
In my last post (from yesterday), at the very end, I mentioned some potential PD brewing involving a newer colleague. I will nickname him "Bonehead" here, and you'll soon see why.
When he first arrived, Bonehead was put under The Queen's "guidance." This has been recognized as an error, but does not excuse everything that has happened since then. Bonehead decided to move forward on a case that we've nothing in terms of solid evidence for. Somehow, his request was approved (grapevine indicates support staff wonders if he drugged the higher ups to get it approved). Bonehead has since run a data analyst and Awesome Paralegal ragged trying to help find evidence in medical claims data. He has also drafted a very poor pleading, and has made asinine and weak arguments/comments in defense of his ideas and points. He was not happy about a suggestion from the Queen- for all her issues, sometimes she is spot on in how to approach a case, and this was one of those times.
During Bonehead's case review session, Bonehead copped an attitude, did not know his cases, and did not have answers for the standard questions to be asked of him (all of the standard questions were circulated the week prior for preparation purposes), and tried to throw it all back on The Queen (some of his cases were originally hers). Boss Lady, Awesome Colleague, and Awesome Paralegal were. not. impressed.
Boss Lady has instructed Awesome Colleague, in her supervisory capacity, to help Bonehead see the light/get it together, or his butt will be en route out the door. This follows a conference call session on his "big case" where he failed to take the lead, failed to ask any pertinent questions of the cohorts on the case in various govt agencies, and DOODLED in plain view of Boss Lady when Boss Lady started asking the important questions. No notes, no recordation of the queries and answers that would help his case.
In the interim, Boss Lady is preparing to go out of town for the next few weeks on vacation. This morning, Bonehead got into a SHOUTING MATCH with Boss Lady over how this case is working out, how he's working it, and whether he's really doing anything. In this office, it is ok to have a differing opinion from Boss Lady, as long as you are respectful and polite about it, admit when you're wrong/need help, and consider the merits of how she thinks things should be worked up. Additionally, if your opinion is based on the way another group of people, outside our section, do things, or how you've done things working elsewhere, etc, that is not an opinion you voice. Additionally, you never, ever, ever raise your voice at someone in Boss Lady's position, especially when you are subordinate to them.
Bonehead is behaving as though he has much more knowhow on what to do and how to do it when he's been a) practicing for 6 years and b) practicing in this particular subject matter for 10 months. Boss Lady has been in practice for nearly 30 years (longer than I've been alive), has been a Boss Lady in 4 different divisions amongst 3 agencies including this one, (and that's just in state practice), has been in this division for about 4.5-5 years, and has been helming a lot of the major cases going forward, up to and including court appearances and going to bat for her people. Boss Lady will defend us to the death, as long as we aren't acting like Bonehead.
The race is on to who will leave first: Bonehead because he's thrown out, or the Queen because she's retiring