What am I telling a former colleague

Petzen: Should I tell the boss about my lazy colleague?

Snags are still among the under-performers and slackers in the popularity ranking. Yes, in principle they are even at the very back in last place - beaten and far behind. A sneak in the office? Ugh devil! But be honest: you have already caught yourself telling the unlikable colleague about your boss, right? Because he was ten minutes late in the office again. So: is sniffing per se immoral? Answer: Not necessarily ...

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Petzen: yes or no?

If you believe recent studies, then there is more and more snags in the workplace because the teams and departments more and more responsible work. Accordingly, personal responsibility is something positive, increases productivity and satisfaction, but at the same time takes the social control to. Where there is no longer a big boss looking for the right thing, vigilante justice is taking hold, so to speak. One expression of this: snapping.

Everyone knows: Petzen is anti-social. Sneaking is ugh. Petzen is bog. Nobody likes snags. And of course you don't want to be a sneak yourself. Tell a colleague? Really, never! But it is not that simple.

Imagine following case in front:

you are programmer in one small team. After a long search, your company has finally found a man to support and complete the team.

After a while, you and your co-workers will find that the codes the newbie writes are a to say the least catastrophe are. Well, you think he doesn't have that much work experience yet. He is still young, needs time and training.

Then again, you are now two hours a day busy splitting up the codes of the new and knitting something useful out of them. They go out of their way to help him, but he does progress, he just doesn't like adjusting. The new colleague costs you an incredible amount of time, nerves and, by the way, he is not a sympathizer either.

The problem: Your boss is busy elsewhere and gets all of this nothing With. He is happy to have filled the position at all. And he wouldn't be amused at all about having to start looking again from the beginning.

So what do you do: Your colleague at the boss tell off or keep your feet still, but for that considerable extra work accept - without an end in sight?

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Petzen: What speaks against it

  • the atmosphere

    "It definitely has an impact in the workplace," said HR manager Linda Willey in a post for the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School about the sneaking phenomenon. “It can the atmosphere and affect productivity, and that Teamwork could apparently wear off because employees are starting to love each other mistrust and yourself withdraw.“

    That, in turn, could lead to greater fluctuation, because good employees notice that their superiors are in the position do not become master and the workplace to Minefield becomes. Conclusion: whoever sneaks once can destroy everything.

  • Makes

    The situation could change if the sneak is a junior and the person who was told is a senior completely reverse. Who does the boss trust - the newbie or the veteran? Especially in situations where word agains word stands.

    Even if it seems unfair: Employees who are at the bottom of the hierarchy, have no lobby, have not yet shown any merits, should think twice about telling someone off. Petzen - that is also a question of Power and politics.

  • Promotion opportunities

    Again: Nobody likes snags. Not even executives. “I don't think a lot of people realize how much they do credibility as an employee is harmful, ”says HR Ms. Willey.

    "You will not promote someone who has made a name for himself as a gossip." Anyone who speaks badly about colleagues is certainly not just saying good things about the boss ...

  • revenge

    Snaps also bring themselves in a mess - with unforeseeable consequences. As soon as it has teased, the sneak is under special observation. Sooner or later the time will come to get her back. She can no longer allow herself to make mistakes.

    Petzen - that could be Vicious circle set in motion out of retaliation, surveillance, humiliation, mental exhaustion.

Petzen: Which speaks for it

  • responsibility

    Is it none of my business or is it my responsibility? “When you're involved in cases where you think something is clear immoral or wrong is and must be stopped if it has the potential to pose a real threat to someone - including economic threat or a threat to customer relationships - then I believe that the Question about ethics becomes important, ”describes management professor Matthew Bidwell from the Wharton School.

    Translated, that means: You may make yourself complicitif you withhold clear misconduct by a colleague.

  • economics

    "There's a risk in saying something," said Monica McGrath, former vice chairwoman of Wharton's Aresty Institute of Executive Education. "But there is also a risk if you don't say it."

    The bottom line is: a rotten apple endangers you economic success of the company - and thus also your workplace. This is even more true in smaller companies than in large ones. Pushed to extremes, this means: If you don't tell the underperformance, you could ruin the company and send yourself to the employment office. Sneaking as a question of survival. Sounds cruel, but it is conceivable. As a precaution, you shouldn't report every minor and moderate mistake made by your colleague straight away.

Conclusion: You decide whether you want the Tell colleagues. And the decision can vary from case to case. What you should always keep in mind are the following points ...

Snaps: 8 Tips On How To Get It Right

  1. give feedback

    One option: the new colleague himself give feedbackbefore you run to the boss. Signal to him that his performance leaves something to be desired and that one is not satisfied. That could be one Thought process trigger - and bring improvement. This is the best case. But also conceivable: The colleague reacts angry, angry, dismissive, unteachable - and a joint cooperation becomes completely impossible.

  2. Anticipate the consequences

    What could happen if I tell my colleague? And what if I do do nothing? Foresee the consequences, contrast the possible disadvantages with the advantages. If-then solutions are also conceivable. When XY happens, I act like that. Many factors play a role here. For example, what is the character of my superior? Is he able to calm the situation down? Is he discreet and trustworthy?

  3. Deliver specifics

    If you are already pissing, then at least save yourself and the other parties involved General places. Be as specific as possible: "The work should be finished by 10 am, but it still wasn't a day later." And don't throw accusations into the room like: "He's just too late with everything."

  4. Get allies

    Together we are strong - this also applies in the office. Share the responsibility and step as a team on. According to the motto: Our whole team has suffered from the performance of colleague XY. We therefore consider it our duty to inform you of this. This makes each individual less vulnerable. Disadvantage: The role of the botched person as outsider is solidified.

  5. Offer solutions

    Popular boss saying: "Don't bring me any problems, bring me solutions!" That also applies here. Petzen can too directed towards the future and be constructive. Sounds stupid, but it is a better solution than simply branding your colleague. How could you solve the problem, improve your performance? Everyone would benefit from that.

  6. Ignore Facebook

    Are a zeitgeist phenomenon Facebook snags. Posted a nasty saying about colleague XY here, commented on a photo there with a pointed tongue. The social networks using it as a means of transmission - this is an absolute taboo (and often violates social media guidelines or even applicable law). If you sneak, then analogous.

  7. Give up anonymity

    In many companies - thanks to compliance - there are anonymous Whistleblower systems. You can report the wrongdoing of others without going out of cover. Is in Individual cases (criminal acts for example) also make a lot of sense. In mild cases like the one described above, however, this is not a good option. On the contrary, you initiate one Hide and seekthat has no winners.

  8. Forget about benefits

    Important: Don't try to get out of history personal benefits to pull. According to the motto: It is thanks to my commitment that ... That backfires. Orientate yourself solely to the matter at hand and what is at stake for your team and the whole company.

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4th November 2020Author: Sebastian Wolking

Sebastian Wolking is a freelance online editor. He is interested in the changes in the job market caused by the digital revolution.

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