Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Perceived Transgression at Work

          SLANDER - 1: the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation; 2: a false and defamatory oral statement about a person.

          Apparently I'm being blamed or accused of something I didn't do. It all started at the beginning of the shift when one of my co-workers was ignoring me when I told her where to find the chart dividers. At first I thought she was upset over how I was motioning to her and directing her to where the chart dividers were, but a few minutes later when I asked her something, she told me not to talk to her. So I didn't, because I did not want to further inflame whatever perceived transgression I did. Normally when this co-worker comes in to work, she immediately says hi to me, but on this particular evening, she came in with an angry mood.
We still had to do our jobs so we went through the motions of what we needed to do but without talking to each other, while I remained clueless as to why she was angry at me. When another co-worker asked her about her upcoming schedule change, she said she doesn't want it anymore and wanted to keep her old schedule. This, after working with her for weeks on the change so she could have every other weekend off like everybody else.
          I don't talk much at work anyway, so when she told me not to talk to her, it wasn't much of a stretch for me. However, having someone being angry at me for no apparent reason was bothersome. I learned from someone else that our supervisor was going to show up to talk to my upset co-worker but no one knew the reason why. I heard much later into the shift that someone anonymously emailed the human resources department some pictures of my co-worker sleeping in the hallway and using her tablet computer, and she was called in to explain what she was doing. With such evidence, she almost got fired. How this connects to me, I don't know, because I wasn't the one who sent the anonymous email. But since I'm the one who knows a bit about computers in our group, my co-worker mistakenly assumed that I may have been the one who did it. Thus her silent treatment began without her telling me why she was upset at me.
          First of all, I have never reported anybody to human resources or even our immediate supervisor, because I believe that whatever I report about any of my co-workers will also affect me and not just the person being reported. It's one of those "he who is without sin, cast the first stone" situations. Therefore the whole shift of workers suffer if that happens. One way or another it's hard to avoid drifting off to sleep in the hallway for a lot of night shift workers, and just about everybody uses their computers, tablets, or the hospital's computers to surf the web.
          Perhaps the person who sent those pictures to human resources had some kind of altercation with my co-worker who until now got along very well with me. As far as being blamed for sending the pictures and who actually sent them, well, that's the mystery. Heck, they can check my computer, cellphone, camera, or even IP address and they will not find any evidence of me doing such a thing. And if they wanted to delve deeper into this, digital photos nowadays contain lots of information, from megapixels to date and time they were taken, and even what kind of camera they were shot from (EXIF data). Forgive me for going into CSI mode (or more likely - geek mode), but if I can have access to those digital photos, based on all that available information, I can prove that I was not the one who took nor sent them to human resources.Thus, my conscience is clear because I remain totally innocent.
          Miss S., if I didn't like working with you, why would I put you in the same schedule as I have? Unfortunately, you have accused the wrong person. I should be very angry that you think I would do something like this. Instead, I'm terribly disappointed.

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