Ten days ago--September 2nd:
...we passed the inspection handily, with the only real actions to be taken being a couple of administrative actions that he needed to take.
One of these was making sure that we--the employees--had goals recorded. Can't do anything without goals, you know.
So, today, the so-and-so e-mailed out a form for employee self-evaluation, which concluded with a section for setting goals.
Of course, he hadn't made up the form, and there were a couple of questions on it that frankly, given our situation, didn't make much sense. For instance, it asked if I thought I had made good progress on the goals set during my last evaluation.
My last evaluation? I objected to my boss that I couldn't be expected to remember what my last evaluation said, as to the best of my recollection, it was made in 2006!
That made him get huffy, and he averred quite snottily that he had much more recent documents in my file than that, with my signature, if I wanted to inspect them. And you know, while I was out making a small delivery, I decided that I did want to see the last one, as whenever it was done, I certainly couldn't remember what was on it.He had it waiting for me when I got back. It was dated--drum roll, please--June 18, 2010. More than four years ago. I allowed as how I had been four years off, and the organization was four years behind.
Now, think about this for a minute. First, it is quite obvious that my boss was utterly without a clue. The poor, useless spazz clearly thought he'd been evaluating me. That was both why he snapped at me and why he dug out the last evaluation before I'd asked for it--he thought he was going to shove my comments down my throat!
Well, today, we went over the things. I'll leave out most of the play-by-play, but, given the foregoing, something stood out to me. You see, first I pointed out to him that it was clear that he had not done an evaluation on anyone in years.
He objected. It wasn't true that he hadn't done an evaluation on anyone in years, he said; he'd evaluated everyone this Spring!
Then he said if I had a problem I could talk to the management person one step up--a person to whom I refer as "Tigger." And I replied that a fat lot of good that was, as Tigger had obviously allowed him to get away with total inaction for four years.
And then he told me that wasn't true, either--that it was Tigger that had drawn his attention to the fact that I needed to be evaluated!
Before God, I'm not sure whether the man really thinks I'm that stupid or whether his lying has just gotten to the point of being pathological.
First, it wasn't true that he'd evaluated everyone this Spring. I asked. Not when he was around, but, really, I mean, what did he think I was going to do? Take his word for it? Turns out that the warehouseman suddenly could recall being evaluated; so could our biller. My other driver didn't recall it, but couldn't swear not to have been. The only other person who's been there more than a year said she hadn't been.
Second, DID HE SERIOUSLY THINK THAT WAS A DEFENSE? If he wasn't intentionally lying, it just means that he either deliberately ignored or simply forgot about his senior employee when he did evaluations for the rest of the staff!
Next, you'll see from the quoted material that it was clear that the impetus for these evaluations was the inspection and the actions required by the inspector! He told us that at the meeting when he told us he was e-mailing out the forms! But when I called him on that, pointing out that that obviously meant he would not otherwise have been evaluating me at this time, and that Tigger had let him get away with it, all of a sudden, by the most remarkable stinking coincidence imaginable, it turns out that Tigger had told him to do it!
And THAT was supposed to be a defense? That Tigger told him to do it instead of the inspector? Either way, he had no intention of evaluating me until he was made to! And why bother to defend Tigger? Even if she had genuinely told him to evaluate me within the last ten days, she's still let him get away without it for years!
If it wasn't the dumbest cusswording thing I've ever heard, it was close. All of his words and actions on September 2nd completely contradicted the story. WHY THE SHALE MAKE SUCH A STUPID THING UP?
And to finish off...the man told me to keep a good attitude.
And if you were wondering, the reason I hadn't asked the man for an evaluation every year is because I had just taken it for granted for years he just didn't want to do it and it turns out he certainly didn't have to. Believe it or not, there is no requirement in company policy that any employee be evaluated--EVER.
As a matter of fact, if he'd just SAID that, I'd have more respect for him. My objection to the whole thing was him getting huffy with me when I pointed out the truth and when he started all this stupid lying about it.
But I should expect it by now. The man lies like fish swim--all the time.