Ok, so I generally think of myself as a pretty cynical kind of person. People in general piss me off. The vast majority of people in my workspace piss me off even more than that because of their incompetence / inefficiency / other as I expect them to be into what they're doing and not only enjoy it to a certain point but be knowledgeable in the tasks set before them. When they inevitably are not I get really annoyed.
There is a certain catharsis in bitching about work and the idiots that make stupid decisions about work that you have no control over with the people that share your views. That's ok. That's actually good to a certain extent.
My problem is thus:
I work with a person that is really good at what we do. She's been in the industry for years upon years. Our management is pretty much crap. They don't fire the people that need to be fired and can't schedule for shit and can't count the numbers of things produced in an intelligent way which results in us constantly making way more shit than we need to and we have to come in to work seeing the physical representation of our overworking sitting on the floor waiting to get thrown away... only to start the process all over again while having this representation staring us in the face all night long....
(for reference I work in a bakery)
So, yeah, this is somewhat disheartening....
But the way I look at it I'm not payed to think about this sort of thing. I clock in, I do my job, then I leave when it says I leave on the schedule.
The idiots that work with me are really idiots. Really. They make my job more difficult in many ways. It's true. But the thing is I'm still payed hourly. If I spend those 8 hours fixing problems other idiots cause I still get paid the same as if I spent them doing what I am "supposed" to do.
So the problem is this... This person I work with... She can't separate... She can't compartmentalize the things.
What ends up happening is this. She gets royally pissed off every single day because of all of this. She wants to take pride in what she is doing but she knows that it is going to be turned into shit by the next person up the line. Or maybe even all the way up the line to management. So she forces herself to say "I don't care" at every turn.
Well, honestly, neither do I. I actually agree with this. Though I want to take think that everything we produce is going to be the absolute top notch shit I know it will not through no fault of my own.
Thusly I DO Take pride in my little part of it. I KNOW that the dough I mix is as good as it can possibly be. I know that when I form loaves they are perfect. I know that when I bake things they are beautiful, artisan quality breads....
If someone fucks it up then... whatever... I know I did MY part.
So she says she has this same philosophy. So she says "I don't care".
EDIT: I ACCIDENTALLY SUBMITTED BEFORE DONE......
But the problem is that she says it FOR EVERYTHING.
ANY conversation about work is greeted with "I don't care".
Down to a simple question about the actual day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute operations.
"I don't care"
This is really disheartening to me.
I really actually like her and I want to be able to tell her to shut the hell up both for my own and her piece of mind.
But I don't know how to do this.
I've slipped into the mode of not really talking to her at all. After all, why should I bring anythying up if it's only going to be greeted with "I don't care"?
So she's noticed this and thinks I'm "being weird" and things are getting akward.
Any thoughts or comments on this or similar experiences?