I Am On Puerto Rican Time Essay

1065 Words Mar 4th, 2016 null Page
I work with an individual who for a multitude of reasons cannot adequately perform her job. It started with her being constantly late for everything. Meetings, appointments, the work day, absolutely everything. In the beginning she would joke that it was a cultural issue, she would go as far as to say “I’m on Puerto Rican time” when she would walk in to a scheduled meeting three hours late. She would appear apologetic for holding everyone up but an apology can only go so far when the issue continues. The problem became habitual. When her work performance began to slide, she attempted to make corrections like creating spreadsheets, and scheduling more meetings with staff in an attempt to keep all up-to-date, and she began to do additional research on the issues presenting with our clientele. This however, only made the problems worse. She fell further behind, which led her to feel increasingly depressed, embarrassed, and further behind. According to the World Health Organization, “Depression can be long-lasting or recurrent, substantially impairing an individual’s ability to function at work or school or cope with daily life. Her attempts to remedy the issue were simply a Bandaid to mask the true issues at hand. Not once did she address the elephant in the room as to her job performance, rather she just covered it up. The cover-up led to further issues with work not being completed, time not being recorded, and eventually a six month time period in which she simply…

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