What's your Problem?

I have to make up for a tardy colleague...

by Jeremy Bullmore
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Q: My colleague is always late in the office in the morning. My boss turns a blind eye, but I'm fuming because it's always me who has to pick up the work he doesn't get done. He's oblivious to the comments I make on his tardiness, and I'm just getting more and more annoyed. What should I do?

A: I can quite understand your irritation, but the more annoyed you allow yourself to get, the more difficult you'll find it to sort this problem out amicably.

I suggest you lower the temperature and raise the stakes. Print out a piece of paper rather on the lines of a bank statement. It will itemise, by date and by hours spent, the work you've done on your colleague's behalf and the work he has done on yours. Give it a mock-formal title. Make it clear that you're more than happy that you share each other's workloads - as long as his overdraft doesn't get excessive.

Displayed publicly and updated daily, it might just shame him into reforming his ways.

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