Harriette Cole: My co-worker doesn’t work. Should I tell our boss?

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DEAR HARRIETTE: My co-worker doesn’t work.

Harriette Cole 

She talks a lot and does not have any boundaries. We both are receptionists at a car dealership, and at least one of us is required to be at the front desk at all times, which is usually me.

She walks around the workplace a lot and will stop at other people’s desks to chat. She will go off to use her phone often, and when she’s at the desk, she is not quick to pick up the ringing phones, which means I answer almost every call that comes in.

I don’t mind the work at all — I can actually handle things all on my own, as I always have — but I don’t find it fair that she gets a free pass to come in and hang out at work.

Should I say something to her or bring the matter up to my supervisor, or should I say nothing at all?

Does It All

DEAR DOES IT ALL: Start with your co-worker. Tell her that you would appreciate her help in answering the phones and doing all of the necessary requirements of the job. Be blunt. Tell her that you have noticed that she often is not at her desk and that she leaves much of the work to you. Ask her to do her part. If she balks, speak to your manager.

DEAR HARRIETTE: I am an assistant, and my boss is a mess.

He always tries to do everything and multitask; meanwhile, he mixes up details and is forgetful.

He hired me to help him keep his business in order, but he makes that difficult for me. He will give me tasks to complete, but if there are any approvals I need, he takes a long time to give them. During our meetings, he does not listen to me and always seems to be doing something else. When I come across some information that he has not informed me of, he tells me he will handle it. Then, when there are things that are wrong or he has forgotten to do something, he tells me that it is my fault and that I am not working hard enough.

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He is not approachable. He can never admit he is wrong, so I get blamed. My boss’s behavior is our biggest challenge in the workday. What can I do?

Taken for Granted

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