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Group warnings never solve individual performance problems

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Q: "My co-worker eats soup in his cubicle three times a day, despite the fact that office policy prohibits eating at your desk.  This soup has a very strong, unpleasant odor, and on top of that, he repeatedly clanks his bowl to get every single drop. Our manager has sent everyone reminder emails about the policy, but this guy is still eating his soup. How do we get him to stop?" Holding My Nose

A: Like many managers, your boss has not yet learned that group warnings never solve individual performance problems. General admonitions are almost always ignored by the actual offenders.

To actually enforce the policy, your manager must stop hiding behind "reminder emails" and tell this soup-slurping employee to take his bowl to the break room. Otherwise, you'll be hearing that clanking spoon for a long, long time. 

Do your coworkers have any issues with you? If you're not sure, check out this Quick Quiz: Do You Annoy Your Co-workers?.

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