Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I have worked in admin at an insurance company in the City for the past three or four months.

It started as a temp job, but they've asked me to go permanent. The problem is, while I like the job, I don't like my colleagues very much They take real liberties - fiddling their expenses and taking long (and frequent) breaks. They don't ask me to cover for them, but just by knowing what's going on, I feel as if I'm condoning their behaviour. What do I do? Try and get a new job somewhere else, or report them to the powers that be?

A: It's extremely unlikely that behaviour of this kind could be so institutionally embedded and yet not be known to managers. Not only has a particularly lax culture been allowed to infect the whole place but it seems to be implicitly condoned by management. So I'd be fairly certain that any appeal on your part to the powers that be would get you absolutely nowhere. You'd be seen as an inconvenient upstart, grassing on colleagues and self-righteous with it.

If you decide to stay, you'll be faced with an uncomfortable choice. …

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