Correcting coworker – help me!!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2078 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@yandz:  since she specifically asked you to review the content, that is what I would do. Unfortunately it sounds like she may not be qualified for this job, but it isn’t your responsibility to save her. If she is in over her head, or exaggerated her experience during the hiring process it will catch up with her eventually. Review the content and leave the presentation feedback to her manager. 

Post # 4
496 posts
Helper bee

@yandz:  Tear it apart. She asked you for corrections so you are doing her no favors (or yourself) by tip-toeing around it. And as far as you being younger, well she just needs to deal with it. If she can’t take criticism this far into her career, she needs to not be working.

Work is about what you bring to the table and your workproduct. No one cares and no one should care about your feelings as much as about the product. If the product is bad, she needs to know so she can correct it.

Post # 5
3519 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@yandz:  Copy and paste the text off the slides, import it into a Word document, and make the changes using the “Track Changes” function.  Email it back to her and say that it was easier for you two write out your suggestions.  In the body of the email, give her some kind of compliment on it, but then indicate that the attached changes are your opinion on how the presentation might be better received.

This is work–don’t overanalyze it.  I do this all the time for my boss, and he’s an MD.  She’ll probably be glad to receive the help.

Post # 6
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I would

1. Talk to your manager

2. Give her feedbakc about the power point in general. Is it possible she doens’t understand the format and goal of a power point (key talking points)?

Post # 7
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@yandz:  What an awkward situation for you!  If I were her, I’d want to know.  I guess I’d just edit for content, and mention that you also noticed some spelling/grammatical errors.  Ideally, she’ll tell you that she plans to go over it and correct that after she incorporates your content edits. 

Otherwise, she may ask for you to point the other errors out for her too.  If your name isn’t going on it though, I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over it.  I’m on the Type-A side myself, so I’d have a hard time letting it go, but there’s only so much you can do 🙁

Post # 8
3128 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

When I have made adjustments for coworkers in the past, I have asked how much they feel comfortable with me changing. I would email her and ask her what feedback she is looking for- does she want just basic proofreading, or is she okay if you overhaul the material to make it easier for the trainees to understand? I would approach her from the standpoint that you work in the field and have a different perspective of what order the slides should be in/what information should be included, etc. I do think you should change what needs to be changed, I would just warn her before you make any huge changes so she isn’t surprised.

Post # 9
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@yandz:  Is the content for internal training or is it customer-facing? If the latter I would be honest with her and give it a thorough edit because the last thing you want is for it to reflect badly on your company. 

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