Seems the FNG is at it again, and this time, manglement is not happy in the least.
Recently, several people have begun noticing that he always showed up as either “Busy” or “Do Not Disturb” on $corporateIM. There was no real reason for him to be busy, since no projects were doled out to him, and any time $supervisor or a cowork tried to IM him or contact him, he was off in the ether somewhere, with the rare times he did respond being filled with vague, evasive answers. In fact, the IM server is set up such that if someone is set to “Do Not Disturb”, they cannot be added to any group IM’s, such as… let’s say… the official group IM for the shift run by $supervisor.
This has annoyed coworkers to no end because they’ve all seen a noticeable droppoff in calls and emails taken by the FNG, to the point where even one of the people on shift, someone I knew years before even joining the Matrix, has referred to the FNG as “worse than useless”. Considering his general demeanor and the fact he almost never has anything bad to say about anyone say quite a bit with a statement like that. And complicating matters is the fact that we’re all now doing telecommuting frm home almost exclusively, since this means there’s really no over-the-shoulder monitoring per se on the FNG’s activities, and the best we can do is to check activity logs to see what he’s done, where he’s gone, etc., and one thing that $supervisor is pretty heavily leaning towards is revoking the FNG’s telecommuting priveleges, disabling his VPN account and forcing him to drive to the office every day, but considering that groups at our level are seen as the red-headed stepchildren, making sure there’s an actual office for us to use is very much a game of chance, since some are somewhat sympathetic, and others outright refuse to allow anyone to even have a broom closet unless they work directly for their site.
Something that does work in our favor regarding the FNG is the reorg that I alluded to in my previous post. Granted, it’s a convoluted mess at the moment, but considering that we may well be working under new managers in the not too distant future (the shift supervisors are safe so they’re not worried), the FNG may be in for a shock when he discovers that there really is someone out there who’ll monitor his work and call him out on his BS.