I work at a TV station as a dialogue/V.O. editor and mixer. I like my job. It's not difficult, it pays OK, and it affords me the time/money to build up my freelance business without having to absolutely kill myself.
There are five other editors. Here's the problem: four of the five are fine. One is very much not.
I really hate to be a dick, but he works excruciatingly slowly, and his work is just barely passable. However, our system is set up such that there is little oversight and very little accountability, i.e. no one at the end of the pipe seems to notice, or know who works on what episode. This is a major frustration in and of itself but shall be saved for another day.
The job itself is a bit of a rollercoaster, super busy for 3 months, then pretty much dead for the next 3. Lately we've been going through a slow-patch, not much work coming in. So, I can understand why he takes his time (I do too). But considering the amount of time he takes to finish even the simplest project his work is just pathetic.
Aside from the obvious, the reason this is so frustrating is that two of my best friends are editors/sound designers too. One works retail, the other babysits DJs at a club down town, destroying his ears (even with earplugs in) for $120 a night. They are at least as good at sound stuff as I am, and certainly have the same amount of enthusiasm. I just hate seeing someone so complacent getting paid to not do a job that others would love to.
I hate to sound so selfish, petty, and proud, maybe he's got shit going on in his life and our mediocre channel isn't the utmost in his mind at the moment...
But he's simply not doing right by the content we produce and the people who produce it. It may not be the best stuff in the world, but there are people out there who really appreciate it, and it's sad to see them disrespected like this. I consider it my duty as an audiocentric person, and to other audiocents, to do the best I can with what I've got, even if the content itself is kind of crap.
Is there a dimplomatic/non-confrontational/non-threatening way to bring this up?
I had at one point thought of going to HR, and I know that's what they're there for, but it seemed a bit callow. It's not even that I simply want him fired, he's not a bad guy and that would be a shitty thing to do. I guess I'm just frustrated, angry, and at a bit of a loss for what to do...