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Co-worker overhears you badmouthing the boss

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Q. A co-worker overheard me saying bad things about her to my boss. I thought she had left for the day, but she was standing just outside the door. Now I’m mortified, especially because this co-worker stands a good chance of becoming my boss. Should I apologize?

A. Yes. Explain that you have some concerns about her performance, and you should have spoken with her first. Promise that you’ve learned your lesson and you won’t go behind her back again. As a rule, if you’re going to say something negative to a boss about one of your colleagues, you should be able to say with a clear conscience, “Everything I’m telling you I’ve already told her.”

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