Q: One of my co-workers is constantly goofing off, but my manager won’t do anything about it.

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Q: One of my co-workers is constantly goofing off, but my manager won’t do anything about it. While the rest of us are working, “Emily” just does whatever she pleases. I have gone to my boss several times about this, but he refuses to address the issue. He just keeps saying that we all need to get along. How should I handle this situation?

A: If Emily’s laziness is making your own job more difficult, then that’s what you should discuss with your manager. For example: “My monthly report is often late because I never get updates from Emily until after the deadline. I’ve explained this to her, but that hasn’t solved the problem. Could you talk with her about this?”

But if you are simply irritated by her slacker ways, then you might as well just let that go. You aren’t Emily’s boss, and the person who is her boss doesn’t seem to care. While your annoyance is understandable, getting all worked up about her slothfulness will only increase your stress level.

Finally, if you have “gone to your manager several times,” I can almost guarantee that he is now tired of hearing these complaints. If you continue to repeat them, he might eventually decide that you are the problem. This may not seem fair, but it could easily happen.

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