I need to blow off some steam. It seems like no matter how old we get, juvenile *#&$ at work never ends. I’m in my 50s, and can’t believe the way backstabbing goes on no matter how old we get. My co-worker, the account assistant for the office who is also 50-something, screwed me over. One of her duties is to make sure each of us account executives turns in a variety of reports. I have no problem doing the different reports as long as they make sense. In this particular situation, I didn’t do one because I didn’t think it was needed. I learned she thought differently about this report when our boss emailed me asking why I hadn’t done it. I realize we all have a job to do, but why didn’t the account assistant come to me about the report versus going to our boss?
Ask me, not the boss
Dear Ask me, not the boss:
I will be the first person to push for others to be direct with whoever they have an issue or concern with. That being said, I can look at your situation from two different perspectives. One is from your perspective. The other perspective is the account assistant’s. She may have done her job just the way the boss told her to do it. She went directly to him/her when you did not submit a report because that is what she was instructed to do. And even though you may have thought the report was not necessary, it may have been something the boss expected; you had no discretion in the matter.
I suggest you have a one-on-one with your co-worker and a separate discussion with your boss. Calmly and respectfully ask your co-worker why she did not go to you and ask for the needed report. If you find out she could have gone to you, request she do that in the future. Hopefully, however, there will be no future issue. When you talk to your boss, you not only need to find out if the report in question was mandatory; but you also want him to know you thought you had an option. Best of luck!
© 2014 Rozanne R. Worrell