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I just joined a great company but I have found one flaw: a co-worker who works no more than 3 hours in an 8-hour workday. She spends time at lunch, shopping, personal phone calls, and chatting with other workers. Her behavior makes me think she has no respect for her fellow co-workers. I have to take up the slack. She has been here for two years and I just don’t see how she keeps her job. Should I make waves and complain about her performance, or go with the flow?

Yours Diana

Darling Diana,

She can only make you look good. She is performing at sub-par and you are performing well.  I do not know why your manager is tolerating her poor work habits.  I wouldn’t go there. If you complain, you will look bad, and perhaps rock a boat no one wants moved.

See if you can find the humour in her behaviour, so you won’t feel put upon or short changed. Face it; you may have been hired to fill in for her incompetence.