I work in a similar environment. I do bookkeeping, which is a very detail oriented job. And it takes concentration. When you make 1 mistake, it could take hours to fix it, depending on what you were doing. And there is this one lady in this office that is constantly interrupting me!!!! I keep my door closed because its freezing here, and I have a heater I keep on during the day (kinda like Bob Crathet in a Christmas Carol) and she will open my door maybe 1 million times a day. And they are stupid interruptions. Like "What is the abbreviation for Massachusetts???" I am like, you are 54 years old!!! I think she opens the door because shes nosy. Well, as soon as you have opened that door, you have interrupted me. I have been over her Scarlett O' Hara-someone-pour-me-a-drink-I-am-so-helpless syndrome, that I could scream. Its women like her that make it very difficult for women to establish themselves in the workplace, because shes whiny, she cries at the least provocation, and ok, some people are SENSITIVE. I get it. But when theres an issue with a sales order she turned in, and you cant approach her, so you go to the boss, she gets all bent of shape. I really could just scream!!!!!!!! She takes the dumb blonde routine to the max, and then when references are made gets upset about it. I am like BUT YOU DO THAT!!!!
And you cant go to the boss about her, because then you are picking on her. No, not picking. I just want to do the job you hired me to do efficiently and accurately. Now, if she comes in because, I dont know, theres a message on her computer that says "Update available, Please install now so windows can update your system" and is crying "I dont know what it wants" (well, it wants you to make an independent decision.) istead of feeling like this
, I tell her very calmly, "I am not the IT person. I cant do anything with your computer. Go talk to the boss. Let him sort it out." And I look like this
. LOL. I really do feel sorry for you. I think the best approach is to talk to your boss and tell her that you cant efficiently and accurately do your job if Mildred is going to constantly chatter incessantly on the telephone (Gossiping no doubt), re-apply an already bowl-you-down fragrance, on schedule, 3 times a day, and read her emails outloud, and rudely interrupt your work for ridiculous things. Tell her you take your job seriously, and you are very committed, however, the womans spraying is starting to cause an eye twitch, which could very soon lead to an aneuyrism. But seriously. You cant work if you have a migraine. I know that certain things that people spray here, (I secretly call them the daytime skunks) really do bother me, and cause my eyes to burn, in addition to my nose which does lead to an excruciating headache. Virginia is also a will to work state. They have the right to hire and fire for any reason. But you do have rights as an employee, period. And one of those rights is to work in an healthy environment. Not happening if the woman is spraying things all day long. And besides, what employer wants to pay someone who isnt even working???? At least my problem co-worker works!!!!
Good luck. And keep us posted!!!