(We have a new hire who is in his early 20s, but still can’t grasp the simple tasks which only includes domestic tasks in a home and assisting aged clients. He is working as a support staff for my coworker who has just returned from leave and has never worked with him before. She is already getting annoyed with the new hire as he keeps forgetting things and she has to keep repeating instructions. He also doesn’t own a car and gets dropped off and picked up by his parents.)
Coworker: “[New Hire], why don’t you get [Client] out to the driveway and help him wash the car? He loves to do that”.
New Hire: “Sure…” *pauses* “Is there a hose somewhere?”
Coworker: “It’s just off the side of the house, near the front.”
New Hire: *comes back 10 minutes later* “The hose won’t reach the car. What do I do?”
Coworker: “Then grab a bucket. I don’t think we have proper car washer or wax so just use dish-washing liquid to soap it up”.
New Hire: *leaves and returns with bottle of disinfectant* “Will this do?”
Coworker: “….That’s not dish-washing liquid. Grab the one in the kitchen, and the bucket is in the laundry.”
(The coworker goes to the driveway, 30 minutes later, to find the new hire standing there looking dumbfounded with the dry sponge in his hand.)
Coworker: “Don’t you know how to wash a car?”
New Hire: “Yeah I do, but not like this… I just spray with a hose.” *just as he says this, his parents pulled up into the driveway* “Oh my ride’s here 10 minutes early… Is it all right if I go?”
Coworker: *rubbing her temples* “…Just, just go…”