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By thebarrywilliamsshow ·
Hi, this could be more of a pool than a thread.

What would you do if you knew your co-worker was incompetent? Would you keep it to yourself or let your bosses know?

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I would suggest that he see a doctor...

by Hockeyist In reply to Incompetence stop IT turning into a pool. Leakage problems like these can be easily fixed.
As a co-worker I would definately keep it to myself.

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by Jaqui In reply to I would suggest that he s ...

incompetence he said,
not incontinence!


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by dafe2 In reply to :p~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A comedian once said:

"A friend of mine died recently after being bitten by a rattle snake...........christ, I read as fast as I could"

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Rattlesnakes and Friends

by Hockeyist In reply to Annecdote/antidote

Here's another comedians story.

Two good friends were out hiking one day. One of the hikers stepped off the track to take a leak. Suddenly a rattlesnake bit him right where it counts most.
He screamed and his friend came running.
After a minute of panic, the friend said...
"Look you just wait here and rest while I run into town to get some help." His friend ran all the way to town and found the doctor.

Doctor: "Hmm.. well, I'm afraid you are going to have to cut the wound lengthwise across the fang marks and then suck all the venom out. Your friend should be just fine then." The town doctor wasn't able to go to the victim because advanced age so the hiker asked him to repeat his instructions several times just to be sure he had them right. He then ran as fast as he could back to his injured friend in the woods.

Injured Hiker: "Did you find the doctor?"

Friend: "Yes, I ran all the way to town and I found the doctor."

Injured Hiker: "Well, what did he say?"

Friend: "He said you're going to die

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I read it...

by Hockeyist In reply to :p~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

...right the first time but couldn't resist. I did give my suggestion the last sentence, at least that's what we do in Australia. Puting one of your co-workers or friends in the proverbial is frowned upon in this country. If the manager is doing his job properly then he will notice and take appropriate action. If lives are at stake then by all means report the person as this overrides the sense of mateship.

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Tough Call

by Cmolos In reply to Incompetence

Depending on who it is it can be handled in 3 ways: 1) if you are comfortable with the person, have a heart-to-heart and ask if they need help or 2) Talk to someone who is comfortable with the person and ask if they need help. 3: Let the supervisor know.

This day and age, we're getting more work dropped on us but not getting any more $$$. Everyone needs to pull their weight or the whole team (even if its 2 people) gets affected.

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Paid Peanuts Perhaps?

by Hockeyist In reply to Incompetence

An example would be nice on how he/she incompetent? Could it be that he/she's being under paid and couldn't give a stuff or is it because he/she is an inexperienced untrained newbie? Or, the worst of all, a drugged out psycopath loser causing more problems than they fix.

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a tought call indeed.

by thebarrywilliamsshow In reply to Paid Peanuts Perhaps?

he/she being paid quite well and is more experienced than me. he/she seems to not have a stable personal life and places priority on the personal life above work when at work.

i can understand the problems he/she is facing - but the fact still stands, for every job that he/she drops the ball on or does not do, someone else has to pick up the slack.

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Only you know

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to a tought call indeed.

but my initial thought would be a private word with said person, to let them know your not happy.
At least any further action does n't come as a total surprise then. Personally I'd go a long way before I got myself a reputation for doing a colleague in the back. Last time it was Holland

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Patience is a virtue

by amcol In reply to a tought call indeed.

Situations like this usually resolve themselves without any help.

Incompetence is very difficult to hide, no matter what the size of the organization. Either the job is being done or it isn't. This person will need no help from you having a spotlight shone on his/her lack of performance.

You're going to find yourself in one of two places:

1. The incompetent performance will be noticed by management and dealt with. Problem solved.

2. The incompetent performance will not be noticed, or worse yet tolerated, by management. This indicates management itself is incompetent, and at that point you need to decide if you can work for such an organization or need to move on. Problem solved.

Either fill in the blank.

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