The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back

This happened a few months ago.  I was assisting this teacher who was pretty inept at his job for a number of reasons.  He was horribly unprofessional, refused to deal with problems in the classroom ("If I ask that person to stop behaving disrespectfully they'll report me and I'll get fired"), made no time for students outside of classtime and responded very angrily anytime any constructive criticim was presents ("Thanks for making me cry in the middle of the staffroom at lunchtime, *******).  I knew that most of the students were unhappy too.  Anyway, I arranged a private meeting with one of my superiors and asshat was gone the next day.  Woo!  Apparently his previous employer (different branch of the same company) had had pretty much the exact same problems with him, so there was no doubt that I was not being honest.

Natzilla Natzilla
4 Responses Jun 12, 2009

@ anardun: Thanks, dude. This guy was not terribly fond of this job, as he had two other part-time jobs at the time, and repeatedly said that he was only in town to pursue his own, unrelated to our job, career. He didn't even want to be there.<br />
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Also, I didn't go to my supervisor and say "FIRE HIM FIRE HIM" I said "I"m in a really difficult situation right now and here are my concerns."

@ Comprehension2: You're right, it was the supervisor's decision. What I didn't mention is that the way the school was set up, our course was conducted in a different part of the building, and on a different time schedule than the rest of the school. Out of the 20-odd staff members I was the *only* one who worked with him and the only one who interacted him beyond "hello" in the morning and at lunch. I brought my concerns to my supervisor, in confidence. The next morning when he was spoken to, he was asked to address the problems that had been raised, he exploded at the boss and started swearing and yelling at him. *Then* he was dismissed.

Good for you. He sounds like an insecure little man. And ignore what copmprehensive2 said here because I think it was out of place. Some people are caustic. This person had already shown they were difficult to work with, resistant towards criticism and unwilling to change. He had issues and they were severely impairing his job performance. If he just needed to be remanded and given a second chance, then he would have taken this job as his second chance to improve, but instead he'd caused the exact same problems that he'd caused before at his previous job. <br />
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I know losing jobs is a touchy issue right now with the economy, but regardless, there are times a person needs to be fired. This sounds like one of them. Also, his boss DID review the situation and DID decide it was best to let him go. This was probably not the first strike against this employee, considering his behavior. And considering his past job history, his boss may have been aware he was taking a chance on this employee when he hired him, and at some point decided that chance wasn't paying off. Not everyone is innocent. I'm glad you did the right thing and had the situation reviewed. Especially when it involved students, who will need more support than that. I'm sure the place is better off for it. <br />
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Also, if this had happened between my employees, I'd rather they brought valid concerns up with me than leave me without knowing what was going on.

You seem proud of what you did. It cost a man his job and his income and regardless of his performance in your or the students opinions it was HIS supervisor that had the task of at first speaking to him about the problems and giving him a chance to make changes and if he was an ineffectual intructor then he should have been dismissed for not doing the job he was being paid to do. Relishing what you did is wrong and that pat on the back that you feel entitled to is not warranted. Make sure someone doesn't have cause to do the exact thing to you that you did to him.