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My “wonderful” furniture-sprayer disappoints

Our “wonderful” new sprayer started yesterday. He has more experience in the furniture industry than me and yet, by the end of the day, he had left a trail of destruction and unfinished furniture behind him.  

Struggling to get to bottom of what went on. Quite clearly, he didn’t get the support he needed from the management here, who seem to be under some blissful delusion that having someone highly qualified means that they will know everything about how to do a job in this particular company from hour one. I also suspect this new guy was not made exactly welcome by the staff on the shop floor who couldn’t wait to see the management fail in finding a replacement for the nightmare previous incumbent they all loved so much.

The recruitment agency remains calm, which reassures me. They have a ton of out-of-work sprayers and assure me that they could have someone start this afternoon, if I wished. If I do discover that anyone here directly contributed to this mess, they will be in serious trouble – as that might be considered as bullying and harassment. I’ll have to wait on more details on that one. In the meantime, I have an interview with more junior sprayers and someone who, on paper, is highly, highly qualified to take our transport vacancy. I’m fast turning into an HR director.



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