Distracting co-worker

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Question: I work in an office where I am in the center of everything, so I can hear and see everything that goes on.  One of my co-workers pretends to work all day but spends most of the time on the phone, and it's all personal calls. I believe that my boss is clueless as to what's going on.

I'm wondering if I need to let my boss know what's going on or continue to do my work and not pay any attention. It's very distracting and discouraging because I do more work than my co-worker and they get paid a whole lot more than I do.  -- Discouraged in Alabama


I would ask to talk to your boss candidly, and approach it as being a reflection on the company, and hindering productivity. That you don't want to cause problems or be a tattle tale, but think that he should know what is going on. If he doesn't take action, then perhaps he doesn't care and there is nothing e...(register to read more)

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Indeed December 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

What happens when those constant personal calls become a distraction to your work? This is my situation where we work close together. My co-worker spends all her time on the phone with her family, speaking in a foreign language and her manager refuses to do anything to correct it. So I am left sharing a low wall with this individual, and being constantly distracted by her noisy conversations.


Kat January 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Take care of your own business, and you won’t have time to worry about hers.
Nothing good can come of this. Stay out of it, and let the boss deal with it. He probably does know, just doesn’t want to deal with it. You could spend your time more productively focussing on your own job.


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