October 22nd, 2010
Help Me Rhonda!
I’m finally ready to have a confrontation with my co-worker. I just can’t take it anymore. Is there a best place to have this meeting?
Congratulations and being willing to have the confrontation/conversation. As you know, most people talk themselves out of the final discussion.
There are a few things to keep in mind when scheduling your meeting:
– Keep it neutral. You want to meet where you both can be comfortable (as much as the situation allows anyway). Your office would put you in the drivers seat, and your co-worker might be intimidated. If you are comfortable with the idea, meeting in his/her office is not bad. If your Human Resources department is involved, the best place would be to meet in their office. Neutral is important.
o What you don’t want to do is meet in the office of a “friend/supervisor” who is attending the meeting to support you either. First of all, should they even be there?
– Keep it private. You also don’t want to meet in a public setting where others can overhear your conversation. If you work in cubicles, this isn’t the place to have the confrontation. Neither is the coffee room, lunchroom or washroom.
Be sure to close the door and keep your discussion private. Don’t forget to give them a chance to respond either!
Good luck; sounds like you are on-the-right-track to solution.
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