For example, the first week she started she immediately wanted to learn how to process parking citations because she saw me doing it and wanted to learn everything I knew. That's fine. I wish that her predecessors had been so interested in taking on special projects. But it was her very first week, and I thought she should focus on getting the more basic tasks down like making parking passes, entering insurance expiration dates in the central database, and filing paperwork, so I told her not to do any without me. The next week she did a whole bunch of 'em without me, and I had to re-do several of them because they were incorrect. Oh well, beginner's mistake. (She never did learn to do the filing, though. Note to self: Bring that up next time we work together.)
But from almost that first week, she's been wanting to tweak/re-do everything. She thought the database program we use was out of date because it doesn't collect the e-mail addresses of residents; this is a valid point. However, she wanted to go in add the field into the database and then add all 300+ email addresses in. I was like, why create extra work if you don't have to? The database isn't connected to the 'Net in any way, so there wouldn't even be much of a point to adding emails to it.
She re-wrote the contract agreement for renting the Clubhouse - on her own initiative, not at the request of one of our bosses. She thought holding on to certain papers was redundant, so she didn't - again, on her own initiative. She volunteered to start taking the minutes at board meetings, which is fantastic, but she spends days (literally) editing and re-editing them until the wording is perfect. Is that...normal?
I know some of her activities have annoyed our boss, like when my co-worker decided to rearrange the supply cabinet (again, on her own initiative). I get annoyed for different reasons - if she's got all this energy, why doesn't she clean up the kitchen? - but I wonder if I just get crabby because her productivity makes me look like a slacker. And like I said, she's trying to get a permanent position, so I can see why she'd want to make a good impression. But there's such a thing as overstepping your boundaries too, right?
I mean, if I were my boss, I'd think my new co-worker was gunning for my management job, and I would not be a happy camper about that.