Balancing work-life relationships with co-workers can be challenging.
If you have ever worked in a company where collaboration is key, you know how important it is to maintain cordial relationships with them. Even if you don’t wish to be friends with your colleagues, it’s necessary to be friendly and respectful towards them to avoid any future trouble. If you are impolite or curt, they may not be willing to support you in times of need. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to complain about your co-workers to your superiors. This could lead to others disliking you and labelling you as a tattle tale, much like being called a teacher’s pet in middle school.
The person who shared this story took a drastic step and instead of just reporting his co-workers’ behavior, he caused them to lose their jobs. He did this because he felt they were always lazy and this was affecting his own work. Normally, it would be inappropriate for him to interfere in others’ business, but in this situation, their actions were having a negative impact on his work. If he hadn’t taken action, he may have been perceived as lazy himself. However, now he feels guilty about his decision and wonders if it was the right thing to do.
You can read the full story below.
The title is not at all comprehensive in telling the reason behind the firing.
To understand the reason we first need to understand this new job.
He had just started a few weeks ago and his job was basically transferring debris.
It was all weighed when it was transferred.
And it was done under the watchful eye of a monitor.
However, the two monitors didn’t really take their job seriously.
This would have been fine if it didn’t affect his performance as well.
Their laziness also reflected poorly on him.
So he decided to tell his superiors about what they had been doing.
The foreman was quite angry after hearing this and fired them both.
This has led him to feel guilty and he doesn’t know whether he did the right thing by telling on them.
To be honest, I believe this situation has no winning solution. If he had chosen to keep quiet and not to report the issue, it would have been better for his colleagues. However, this would have meant that he would have had to shoulder the responsibility of finishing his work every day despite the problem. Therefore, I think this was the only way he could have handled it given his personality, as he described it. Nonetheless, if he had talked to his colleagues beforehand and warned them about the potential consequences of their actions before escalating the matter, they might have listened to him. Even if they had not, at least they would have known that he had given them a fair warning.
People in the comments, however, think he was right in telling on them.
It wasn’t as if he had lied about their antics.
They should have been more careful.
Whatever the company did is their fault not OP’s.
Please share your opinion on how he handled the situation. Do you think it would have been wise to talk to his colleagues beforehand, or do you believe he did the right thing by going to his manager? What would you have done if you were in his shoes? Share your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to invite your friends to join the conversation.