I am on a team of 4 within our HR dept. we all report to a director. For the last month, I’m on trainings 3x a day teaching our newest hire. Our director doesn’t bother showing up to these calls so I’m doing everything on my own and having to report back. Also our other team member is basically dead weight and should have been let go months ago (I have plenty of documentation). The director won’t pull the trigger on letting her go. Guys I’m exhausted. I’m not their manager. What would you do??

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Is the 3x a day scheduled or is the new hire not retaining the information?

A little past the start date, but would it help to go back and make a checklist of what the person needs to learn? Then go through and check off what you have trained on and have the new hire agree. Use that as documentation for your absent director but also to show that you did teach it and you're the only one actually training. Also if you're using MS Teams or Zoom, you should record the sessions and then send them to the new hire who should use their resources (notes, training recordings, prior experience and common sense [hopefully]) before coming to you with additional questions.


Well our newest hire is just training on basic things which are scheduled but she’s a level above me which makes me feel like the director should be doing the training. The other team member just doesn’t care. She pays no attention to anything. I’m literally checking her work daily and fixing her mistakes. I feel like I’m carrying her dead weight and doing 2 jobs. I provide this feedback in all my 1:1 meetings and nothing changes

Do you base your feedback around metrics? It is not how it should be, but sometimes if you have been giving the same feedback about someone repeatedly, it can become “background noise” and discounted. Switch up how you are presenting the feedback and pull in hard numbers where you can. Like “deadweight team member missed X many hours of meetings out of Y many hours scheduled, only a Z% attendance rate”.

I actually have a whole spreadsheet with dated examples and screenshots of every mistake being made that has been presented to the Director and I’m still carrying their weight. I’m just exhausted honestly. I feel like I’m doing 2 jobs and also managing 2 employees but I’m not a manager and not being paid for the extent of this work. I feel like I have no support

This has happened to me in the past as well. My manager finally pulled the trigger when I told her it was either the deadweight coworker or me. She couldn't afford to lose me, so she let my coworker go and got me the support I needed. Sadly, sometimes it takes a threat like that to make people understand how serious you are. I wish you the best of luck.

Take some time off and see how they function without you.

That's one frustrating situation to be in, OP. Anyway, if the director is very hesitant on letting her go, has she done anything to at least help that employee perform better (e.i. get her on PIP)? You deserve a break after all this. You clearly have a lot on your plate. Hang in ther, OP!

Provide a progress report on the training a way of documenting in case you need it. You need to self-care situations like can drive you into burn out

You should report this to your supervisor/manager. If it is still unresolved, you should proceed directly to the CEO. Maybe asking for a raise is a good option too.

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