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They are reluctant to 'make waves' with this person... fearing they will sound like whiners who cannot take care of their own office difficulties...
There are two new staff members in the office where I
work as the secretary. They come to me with many questions and comments
related to procedures and policies, as our boss does not work in the
same complex. Lately they have expressed concern regarding a co-worker
who seems to be taking over every meeting, not giving the two new employees
the opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns or present the cases
they are working on at the moment. They are reluctant, as new hires,
to 'make waves' with this person who has been employed two years longer
than they have, and they are also hesitant to bring it up to our boss,
fearing they will sound like whiners who cannot take care of their own
Your instincts are ones to be trusted since your dilemma involves two co-workers who are not taking responsibility for cleaning up their own rooms! This is less an office politics issue and more one of basic communication skills of constructive confrontation, assertiveness, and accountability. You have paid your dues with these two, who DO sound like "whiners who cannot take care of their own office difficulties," as you yourself and they have framed it.
Close that window, Complaint Handler! Then get back to enjoying your job and these two peers rather than dreading seeing them down the hall!
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