(Closed) Crazy co-worker help needed!!

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I think as long as you aren’t acting the way she is acting, you’ll be fine.  Even if they associate the two of you together (because your jobs intermingle) they’d be insane to repremand you for anything.

Just try to maintain your composure, try not to ‘help’ the co-worker (by suggesting she walk it off) – if she wants to rant, let her rant.  She needs to figure out how to deal with her emotions in the workplace.  Otherwise, letting her go would be the best thing for her (since she doesn’t seem happy there to begin with).

Post # 4
7219 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@BeckyS0:  Just don’t engage her in conversation. If she’s throwing a tantrum about things, say “I’m upset, too, but I’m trying to just focus on the task at hand. Sorry, I just can’t talk about it or it’ll make me more upset.” That way, you’re acknowledging that her feelings are valid but not acting like a child, like she is. If it gets worse, I would seriously consider telling my boss I would prefer not to work with her. If your boss already knows she’s a lunatic, this will show that you see it too and he won’t think of you two as “lumped together”. It’s a little back-stabby, but this chick has lost it. You can’t act like that in a law office, so she’s going down with or without you saying anything.

Post # 5
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@BeckyS0:  I agree with oracle – just keep your cool and don’t flip out. I wouldn’t speak negatively about the situation with the other attorneys/associates either. Sounds like another receptionist in a long line of receptionists is on the way out. 

Post # 6
1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Can you speak to your boss about it? Like, you know I’m really concerned about what happened the other day, and explain it from your point of view so they know that you had nothing to do with the outburst and that you tried to calm her, sent her out to cool off, basically handled the situation?

Post # 7
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Oh the joys of being a paralegal. I remember those days.. I don’t think anyone will lump the two of you together.just continue to do a good job and keep your complaints to yourself. It sucks when you have a big project to do and are not given complete instructions. Hope today is better 🙂

Post # 8
2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@BeckyS0:  i agree with oracle. also, i work for a law firm too and that kind of shit (having to re-do projects, etc) happens all the time. if the receptionist can’t handle it, she’s really not cut out for a law firm. i don’t think you have anything to worry about. she’s only making herself look bad by having outbursts.

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