(Closed) Found some incriminating evidence in a deceptive way (work related) what to do??

posted 9 years ago in Career
  • poll:

    Bring it to boss's attention honestly

    Anonymously give to boss

    Talk to girls

    Try to catch them some other way

  • Post # 17
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I would drop it. Honestly leaving a copy on your bosses desk is petty and I’m sure he has more to do than handle nonsense high school drama. Plus it could come back at you for what you did.

    Post # 18
    1175 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    @KatyElle: Agreeed.

    Post # 19
    9478 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’d go the anonymous route.  You’re not in high school anymore.  People are supposed to be professional.  

    Post # 20
    6659 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I would not engage either of them about their conversation. The only thing they did wrong was use office equipment for personal use. I also have office IM and there are strict policies about not having personal conversations on it.

    If you engage them, it will only rile them up to gossip even more.

    And if you go to a boss to say what you overheard, you will be the bad one for eavesdropping. Unless you want to lie and say you actually heard them talking.

    Post # 21
    1526 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

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    @KatyElle: I agree.


    No one deserves to be laughed at and made fun of in life in general and especially not in a professional setting like your work. I would honestly report it to someone higher up and let them know that you are tired of being harassed. I’m sure once they get a warning they will stop!

    Post # 22
    5493 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

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    @sarahbabs: yes I agree!  You going on their computer and changing settings is way out of line and much worse than their conversations.

    I would drop this and hope no one finds out you did this.

    Post # 23
    463 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I would drop it.  Not worth the drama in the long run.  If you’re noticing their unprofessional behavior, most likely your boss is too.  Besides, karma is always the biggest bitch around.

    Post # 24
    5295 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    I agree with KatyElle and ilk, they are creating a harassing and hostile environment for you to work in. It is not fair to you to have to deal with that.

    Not taking the boss’ calls when she’s available is counter-productive to work getting done, so yes, they are doing more than just having non-work chats.


    If a note is too much and you worry about backlash, I would talk to someone higher up in HR about your concerns. If you are friendly with them, maybe you could hint at them to check their chat history. If they say it on company machines, it’s not private.

    Post # 25
    47440 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    If I were the boss, I would be more tempted to fire you than them. What you did was a serious breach of policy.

    You can try to rationalize that  they  are also abusing office equipment and stealing time from the employer, but I guarantee that no good will come of bringing this to the attention of your boss by leaving an anonymous note or a printout of the conversation. This is not high school. It is long past the time for anonymous notes.

    If you believe that they are creating a hostile work environment then speak to the boss about it, but don’t mention that you interfered with their computer settings.

    Post # 26
    9816 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    @hisgoosiegirl: Yup, exactly. I am well aware this is “not high school”, therefore I don’t feel I should be forced out of my position because a couple of giggling idiots are making me uncomfortable all day.

    Post # 27
    33 posts
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I also say drop it…. so i couldnt vote…. this will most like bite you in tha butt… sorry you work with such catty women

    Post # 28
    2559 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think you lost your good position as the honest, pleasant coworker (the only one, from what it sounds like) when you opted to jack her computer settings. Id be livid if anyone at my office spied through my computer, and I don’t even do anything offensive.

    Feel free to complain to your boss about your working situation, you shouldn’t have to work in a hostile environment. But I wouldnt bring up your subversive movements as support for that, just say what you feel and ask your boss how to make it better.

    Post # 29
    1732 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Gotta talk to HR, because you don’t deserve to be in a hostile workplace. But DO NOT mention that you played with their computer settings. That could backfire on you in a very unpleasant fashion!

    Post # 30
    13094 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’d drop it.  If they are truely that unprofessional, it will come around to bite them.  Besides, it isn’t like they are the first people using a company computer for personal things (how many of us post to WB from work?!?).

    Honestly – I agree with the PPs who said that you going on their computer and changing settings is way out of line and much worse than their conversations.  As a boss, I’d be much more likely to fire you than them.

    Post # 31
    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    I think you should just suck it up, and ignore it. No matter where you are in life you need to remember one thing: not everyone is going to like you, and not everyone will be nice.

    Aside from the fact that they’re gossiping about you, if there was a significant problem with their work related performance, I’m sure it would have been addressed already. 

    Just ignore it.

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