How to deal with co - workers who is not doing her job well?

@zemlene (354)
Philippines
January 13, 2007 7:26am CST
I am fairly new in the Maintenance Division of a government office. I can sense that the records of this section is in chaos and this girl is not doing her job right... i really think that she is incompetent worker considering that shes been there for several months already. I wanted to get her attention and help her but i couldn't figure out what to say to her that she will not be hurt or offended.
4 responses
@Garcia5 (78)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I dont know a whole lot about government office work but in all of my other jobs brutual honesty was the key to getting things done. You can't be afraid to let people know that they are not doing their job, even if they are above you. Eventually it will dawn on you that they know they aren't doing their best and because no one is saying anything they will continue to abuse their position.
@zemlene (354)
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
yeah i think you are right, i will just do my best in everything that i can for my job. But i cannot say tell them straight in their faces that they are not good enough... i could only earn enemies in doing so, i think. Maybe i'll just set a good example to them?
• United States
13 Jan 07
In my old line of work everything was earned by merit. I worked hard and when someone was behind in productivity I would help them once my productivity was covered. As long as you show people that your good at your job and give them a reason to side with you there is no one that can be above you especially when your cause is justified. There is power in numbers. I would suggest reading The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli. It is the ultimate power play book and will teach you how to handle people and situations as long as you can relate it to everyday life. Its pretty simple when you observe your world by taking a step back every now and then.
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
i'm sorry to hear that, but i don't think you are in the position to tell her what ought and not ought to do, being practically a newbie in the organization and all that. what you can most probably do, however, is to help her get things done, or show her how you would do things the other way, maybe she'd get the idea and correct her ways.
@zemlene (354)
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
thank you for your sensible advice.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
13 Jan 07
That is nice of you to want to help her- I would say if her inability to do her job creates a problem for you in your job then you must say something to her supervisor. You would not want the quality of your work to look bad because of another employee- especially if you are new. However be careful how you go about it- being that you are new they might think you are starting things up. I have the same problem in my work. A couple of girls really mess around more than not- and have no clue how to do their job-- This ties into mine- I find I am correcting more and more problems daily. One of the girsl is a great friend of mine so I just do it-- Tread lightly-- and good luck with your new job!
@zemlene (354)
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
thanks for your advice. hope i can pass this through like you.
@friendship (2085)
• Canada
15 May 07
I can relate to you because I had ever been in such situation. If your works do not have any correlation with her works, you shouldn't have to bother at all. You just do your works and responsibilities. The situation is going to be worse, if your works have a correlation with her works. I hope you'll find the solution that you're seeking for. Perhaps, you need to find a counselor so that he/she can give some advices to handle this situation. Good luck!