‘A work colleague keeps making silly mistakes and I don’t know how to handle it. I keep covering up for him.’
I am feeling…..Confused / Frustrated / People Pleasing
Step 1. (How I would like to feel…)
Balanced / In Control / Resourseful
Step 2. (Quality Questions for self…)
Is this a repeating pattern in my life?
Is my colleague aware of the mistakes?
How can I tactfully address the issue directly with him?
What policies (if any) are in place at work for this scenario?
Step 3. (Practical steps leading to Positive Results…)
Decide whether to discuss the issue with your work colleague or your up-line manager.
See this scenario as an opportunity to personally develop your own assertiveness and communication skills; if this is a repeating pattern in your life it would be great to tackle it head on!
Or, Refrain from covering up and let your colleague take the responsibility of his actions, he’ll hopefully learn quickly.
Just doing SOMETHING different will create a new energy/dynamic in the work place and break the ongoing pattern.