Would you take cover for your co-worker if he/she commits mistake?

United States
January 9, 2010 11:19am CST
Would you blow the whistle, or report it to the superior, or you would take cover for your fellow co -workers, if he/she commit a tiny mistake at work? For me, if there is no serious damage, or bigger deal type of mistake, I might just let it go, or tell my co-workers, be careful next time. We can just cover it up, and let it slide this time. I won't blow the whistle, and try to get them into trouble anything like that. My fellow co - workers would do the same too. What about you at work?
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
9 Jan 10
I would never go rating to a superior. I would let the co-worker know that they made a mistake and give them a chance to correct it or even try and help them to correct it. There is no need to tell on someone that is playing dirty pool. If the mistake effected something that I had to do and I could not do it because of the mistake and the mistake can not be corrected then I would stand up with my co-worker and go the superior so that we could all figure out how to correct the mistake, but I would do it with a postive and helpful attitude as to help the correction get made smoothly without insulting the co worker.
• United States
9 Jan 10
That is the same choice I would make. I would try to help out with them, or figure out the solution together, rather rat them out. They would do the same for me I believe. For some people, they are just insensational, and they would find a tiny mistake of every co - worker, and try to make them look bad. I hate people like that.
@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
15 May 10
I would talk to my co-worker about the mistake and help her correct the mistake. If my co-worker makes mistakes because she is new and inexperienced, I would try to explain what she has done wrong, so that she can avoid similar mistakes in the future. I prefer to talk to my co-worker about it instead of reporting it to my superior. In the past I have been in a situation where my co-workers reported my mistake to our superior without telling me one word about it, and I didn't like that. I wished they had talked to me about it instead or at least talked to me first if they felt that they had to report it.