RE: Problem Co-worker

Subject: RE: Problem Co-worker
From: "Greg Holmes" <greg -dot- holmes -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 11:16:37 -0400

"Darges, Katherine" wrote:
>Regarding the co-worker, my mother had what she called the
>"broken record" technique. In this case it might be, "None
>of us ever touches your files." No matter what the lady
>says you all just e-mail her the same, simple answer.
>When she complains about why you always say the same
>thing, you answer, "Because none of us ever touches your

This is actually a great technique whenever dealing with
*anyone* with the sad habit of wild accusations, in the workplace
or out. Just craft the shortest, least engaging/engagable answer
for the situation; e.g.:

"No, I never said that; see you later."

"Sorry, I don't have it."

And repeat ad nauseum, to any and all attempts to draw you out.

"But you're the only one who could have taken it!"

-"Sorry, I don't have it."

"But Mary said she saw you with it."

-"Sorry, I don't have it."


Someone like this really does feed off of responses. Don't
let them drag you into their misery :)

Greg Holmes

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