Our co-worker is behaving very unprofessionally

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1688 posts
Bumble bee

Let it.go for now, but if you have the opportunity to review her, elaborate there about her unprofessionalism. Or, if your boss ever asks you about what happened, then you can tell the boss who then may deal with it. I would be a professional as possible and put any and all communication in email form to her so that way there was proof in case she ever tried to claim no one told her what to do.

Post # 3
1740 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

The one thing I will not do is deal with unprofessional people….period!  So let me ask a question. If the document had gone out the way she wanted it to who would’ve gotten the blame if one of the higher ups had a problem with it?   Most likely she would’ve tried to throw you under the bus and that’s why you don’t simply let crap like that go.   It comes back to bite you in the ass. Please have a convo with your supervisor about this person and what needs to be done should you need to work with her in the future.  She/he’s already aware of this person’s work, having had to force her to respond so its best to have a plan in place in case ish hits the fan.  It doesn’t need to be anything more than making sure your supervisor has your back.

The good news is eventurally her lack of professionalism and poor work ethic will reflect badly upon her

Post # 4
5846 posts
Bee Keeper

I know this sounds snarky, but I’m asking seriously- how did she get her job in the first place? TBH she sounds like an under-qualified entitled brat. Your boss is already aware of at least some of her shortcomings since you were asked to step in and help her. If I were you, for now I would say nothing unless directly asked for feedback from your boss. But if there is a recurrance of rude and unprofessional behaviour &/ or you’re expected to provide assistance, mentoring to her again in the future, I would speak to your boss about her uncooperative, unprofessional attitude. 

Post # 5
7716 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Does this girl report to you? Or are you her superior or anything? If not then I don’t really think it’s your place to reprimand her for things like rolling her eyes, although that would infuriate me too. I would definitely keep your boss in the loop about the low quality of her work though, because that sounds horrendous. You could lose business because of her sloppiness. Also having to spend this much time correcting her shitty work and going back & forth with her on it is just unproductive and a waste of time for all parties.

Two suggestions: 

1) Ask your boss if you can just reject content from this girl the next time it comes to you in such bad shape, and make her rewrite it and resubmit. I am an editor for a content marketing firm, and if something comes to me that is truly horrific and unreadable, I just hit the “decline” button with a note saying why this is unacceptable, and it goes back to the original writer and they try again. It’s not worth my time to try to intuit wtf this person is saying if it’s that bad. I have no problem rewriting the occasional paragraph or two if I understand the underlying point the writer is trying to make, but when it becomes a total guessing game, no, that isn’t my job, and my boss fully supports me in just declining the content and asking the writer to resubmit it.

2)  If  #1 isn’t an option, you could firmly but politely say something like, “Look, it’s my job to edit this document and make it as clear and accessible for the audience as possible. If I don’t understand something in here, neither will the audience, and that will hurt our business. Our content needs to be straightforward and easily digestible – that’s why I am asking you to clarify these things.”

Post # 6
9034 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

averria :  I would handle this by going over what you changed and why you changed it with her. Do you have notes for staff who are not in communications/marketng as a sort of how to guide? I know our comms section dose (on the intranet), so maybe that is something to sort out or refer the staff member to if they already exisit.

Your job/part of your job is to edit documents but does her job include that? Was this her first time trying to do this? Was she thrown into this blind by her boss? I think those are important considerations especially if she doesn’t seem to understand the process of producing a public document. She may have been flustered and felt like you were making her seem stupid for her document or didn’t understand the importance of public image if it isn’t usually part of her job. 

Post # 9
1107 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

averria :  She sounds young. And annoying 🙂 

Can you or your boss speak with her supervisor about this? I would send back the copy in track changes so she can see the edits that were needed – this time – and refer her to the Intranet guidelines. Your boss should be on your side since you’re trying to uphold the standards of the organization. This is the type of performance they were presumably looking for when they hired you, so I wouldn’t worry too much about making waves, unless this girl is the daughter of the CEO or something. Just remain polite, clear, and professional. I’m not sure what to suggest about the eye-rolling and attitude, but I agree with PPs that it’s worth mentioning when she has a performance review.

I told a young colleague once that she should cool it with the eye-rolling when an (admittedly annoying) older colleague of hers was giving her a bunch of grunt work, but that was more in the spirit of professional guidance. I told her she could vent to me about it at happy hour but it would hurt her career if people saw it in the workplace – it didn’t affect me or my work directly and I liked her so I wanted to help her out. 

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