A young woman recently took to Reddit to ask for opinions after she refused to help a coworker who had stiffed her earlier in the day. Was it pettiness or karma at work? Here is the full story so you can decide for yourself.
She Has a Lot Going On
OP is a 23-year-old woman who is 38 weeks pregnant. She recently started a new job at a small optometry practice.
It Was a Breeze for Her
Because OP had lots of previous experience in the optometry field, it didn’t take her long at all to get comfortable at the new place.
She understood their operations and could handle just about any task that came up.
They Work in Silos
But OP noticed pretty early on that her new coworkers all had their own areas of expertise, and they liked to stick with what was familiar to them.
For example, one woman who pre-tests patients refuses to answer the phone if no one else is available.
They Needed Cross-Training
OP asked her bosses if they preferred this type of rigid job compartmentalization, but they said they’d rather everyone know how to do everything in the office.
Because the staff was small, they wanted people to jump in when and where needed.
She Was the Oddball
That suited OP just fine, since she liked to have some variety and also knew how to handle anything that might come up in the office.
But it was a hard sell for her coworkers.
The Baby Was Demanding
Recently, OP was scheduled to do patient pre-testing, which involves a lot of standing. Her pregnancy was taking its toll on her, though, and she was particularly tired and sore that day.
She Proposed a Trade
At lunchtime, OP tried to strike up a deal with a 40-year-old coworker who was doing billing that day. OP offered to cross-train the woman on pre-testing if she’d be willing to let OP do billing for an hour or so.
She Needed the Break
That would give OP a chance to get off her feet and help her get through the day.
She Didn’t Want to Help
But OP’s coworker said she had no desire to learn how to do pre-testing, because then other staff would expect her to help out in that area sometimes.
She didn’t want be “shoe-horned” into new duties.
She Pushed Through the Pain
So OP went back to her pre-testing and just dealt with the pain and fatigue. By the end of the day, she was almost in tears, but she pushed through because she needed the money.
She Was Drowning in Questions
Toward the close of business, OP got the chance to sit down and work on charts after she finished with the last patient.
That’s when she saw that the coworker who was doing billing was drowning in phone calls and insurance questions.
Now She Wanted Help
Flustered, the 40-year-old who had refused to help OP earlier turned to her and asked if she’d take an angry patient off her hands and answer some questions.
She Turned Her Word on Her
OP answered with a straight face that she didn’t want any part of that because then other people would expect her to jump in and help with billing all the time.
She “didn’t want to be shoe-horned.”
She Resisted Temptation
The coworker just glared at OP, then turned back to her work. She was completely overwhelmed, but OP decided not to help.
It Was the Cherry on Top
Not long after that, one of OP’s bosses came to her and told her she could leave early for the day, and that he’d pay her anyway.
Did She Spoil a Good Thing?
After some time to think about it and talk to her husband, OP admits she was being petty with her coworker.
But she still thinks it was reasonable for her to ask for some help in the first place. Now she’s concerned that she has started drama in an otherwise friendly work environment.
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