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how do I write a peer overview for my horrible coworker? — Ask a Supervisor

It’s “the place are you now?” month at Ask a Supervisor, and all December I’m working updates from individuals who had their letters right here answered previously.

There will probably be extra posts than regular this week, so preserve checking again all through the day.

Bear in mind the letter-writer questioning find out how to write a peer overview for a horrible coworker? The coworker, Mike, was yelling at clients and colleagues, sulked when requested to cease shouting, was indignant with 20% of consumers, left work in the midst of the day with out saying something, and refused to work with returning sufferers who he doesn’t like. Their supervisor, Chad, was doing little or no. The primary replace was right here, and right here’s the most recent.

After my coworker was napping at his desk once more, I took a photograph of it and despatched it to my boss. (Word from Alison: I additionally acquired this photograph.) I discussed that I didn’t say something like, “Get up, Mike!” as a result of we had a affected person within the store, however I had sufficient time to stand up from my desk, go to the realm the place purses are saved, sit again down, pull out my cellphone, and take a photograph, all with out waking him. I requested for Chad’s recommendation on find out how to cope with Mike sleeping on the ground, whereas the remainder of us have been serving to sufferers. I did embrace a photograph to Chad, as a result of I knew he wouldn’t consider me about Mike sleeping at his desk until I had photographic proof.

My supervisor Chad wrote to Lana and me:


I talked with Mike concerning his dozing at work. I do know that he has ongoing struggles with psychological well being and sleep apnea. I requested him what can be a respectful method to method him or acknowledge that he must both take a stroll or go splash some water in his face to get up. I instructed a playful code phrase to immediate for him to take an motion.

Simply say “Jedi Mike”

I do know it appears foolish, but it surely’s a method to interact him with out calling him out in entrance of sufferers and workers. I hope that this will probably be useful in supporting the three of you working collectively.


I want I used to be making this up. Typically I snort out loud that my supervisor thinks this can be a actual answer.

That was on September 30. Within the 5 weeks since then, there have been thrice the place I ought to have mentioned, “Jedi Mike,” as a result of Mike was sleeping at his desk, however I couldn’t deliver myself to say that out loud at work.

I haven’t but found out a method to say, “Jedi Mike” in informal dialog whereas working with a affected person. “I feel you’ll love the style of our new oatmeal mix. Jedi Mike.” “In my expertise, this new teapot lid matches Jedi Mike completely.”

I often roll with the punches (when an outdated man asks me to marry him in entrance of his grownup daughter; when a toddler vomits in the midst of the ground; when the drawer of my desk falls off whereas working with a affected person) however I haven’t found out knowledgeable method to say “Jedi” at work. If anybody else is aware of find out how to say “Jedi Mike” in dialog and also you don’t work at Disney, please let me know.

I’ve actually taken benefit of the well being advantages right here at my job. However I’m additionally actively in search of a brand new job. In the present day I had my second interview with another person.

I’ll replace both after I’m fortunately at a brand new job, or I turn out to be a Sith Lord.

Replace to the replace:

I wrote you within the meantime as a result of I discovered I used to be being paid $4-8 much less/hour than my friends. A number of talks with each Chad and HR have been frustratingly ineffective and demoralizing. I had 5 interviews over a 7 week interval. One of many jobs presents a state pension and a assured 5% increase annually. (Keep in mind that my 3.5% increase was depending on Mike liking me?) The hiring supervisor reached out virtually 2 months after I utilized and requested if I used to be nonetheless .

I had learn all of your recommendation about negotiating wage, and I listed to your podcast. I practiced saying out loud to my canine, “Any probability you could possibly go as much as X+5%?” And when the HR individual for StateJob supplied me the job (which is $4.50/hour greater than I’m presently making), I requested, “Would you be keen to pay $6 extra?” I additionally calmly said that although they wished me to start out on December 19, I had dental work scheduled for January 13, and my present dental plan paid greater than new StateJob dental did. So together with your recommendation, I negotiated $1.50 extra an hour (a 23% increase from what I’m making now! and seven% greater than the unique provide) and a later begin date that permits me to maximise my dental protection. New StateJob will probably be exhausting, rewarding work, and I’m enthusiastic about my new skilled competent coworker, and I do know I could make a distinction. I by no means would have negotiated for myself with out your invaluable web site, and although you personally didn’t get that increase for me, I felt the encouragement of your entire commentariat and knew that you just and all of your readers can be supporting me in advocating for myself.

Thanks, thanks, thanks.

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