Prudence has a problem employee at work.
Along with lovely boss, she has been managing this problem employee, who is 50, misogynistic and really quite stupid.
He has, apparently, a PhD, but Prudence has no idea how this happened as this man can barely string a sentence together, has no concept of anyone other than himself and is quite incapable of any work involving initiative or imagination.
There have been stern conversations. There have unpleasant reports. Punches have not been pulled and words have not been minced.
This is known as the sub-standard performance process.
Disconcertingly, problem employee has started paying Prudence compliments. And good manners dictates she accept these compliments gracefully.
It really is most unpleasant.