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EDIT: I had to edit this because I realized this situation is very specific and I am too paranoid thinking someone from work will see. Thank you kindly to those who read through my backstory and answered.

I don't have many friends in the corporate world, neither do I have any family members working office jobs; so needless to say it's hard to get any kind of advice.

I began working within a group of engineers who have all known each other for more than a decade; this is including my manager. It seems like my manager likes to take up for the slackers in the group, all because they have history together. When I have to work wiht one of the slackers, I am hesitant to go to her about the issues.

  • I agree the way she handled the issue with Sharon wasn't great, but it seems you didn't a great job explaining the issue either. Are there any other instances that make you think Kelly won't respond well to you reporting a work issue ? – MlleMei May 24 '19 at 11:52
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Finding a new job may involve waiting a long time. As well as getting the call the very same day. There is no exact science.


While you wait (and keep searching), you may try to improve the way you handle things. While they are a part of the problem, you have your share also.

You need to learn how to:

  • accept tasks;
  • estimate them;
  • commit to them;
  • deliver them;
  • report issues to your boss;
  • let others deal with their own problems.

When you are given tasks, you must analyze them and:

  • evaluate their complexity;
  • evaluate the time needed to implement them;
  • provide a list of things which are mandatory for your success, and highlight the ones which are critical; also highlight the ones which you do not have at all;
  • make it very clear how your work depends on somebody else's work (related to the previous topic);

Whenever you notice that you are going to encounter a problem or run into a delay, discuss with your boss about the causes of that. Let her decide the priorities. Do not make assumptions by yourself.

Never accept a task if you are certain you cannot do it - because of time, resources etc.

Do everything in written. If the discussion happened to be verbal, send an e-mail, describe the discussion, list the decisions, and ask for confirmation that you understood everything correctly.


Even though talking to a "bad" boss is quite unpleasant, you have to learn to do it. Even though you are not a boss yourself, reading this discussion will help you. Most bosses have the need to be in the center of attention - even if it hurts the business. If you do not accept this, then accept to get hurt yourself. It's just life.


Do not worry about the work of your colleagues. Communicate with them about their deliverables which affect your work. If there is significant risk that you will not meet your deadline, ask your boss for advice, for deadline extension, or changing the list of priorities. Let her assume the decision of what will happen. Make it in written, as explained previously.


Always have information ready when reporting an issue. Show the list of tasks, the effort estimations, the estimated delays as a result of the issue.

If possible, also have potential solutions. Bosses tend to like solutions, rather than problems (like everybody else). Present the solutions that you prefer, so the boss will not choose a solution which you will not like.


You may end up actually enjoying this job, if you apply the rules above, before you have a chance to find a new job. The opposite is also true: you might have the same problems at the new job, if you do not learn how to handle things.

Good luck.

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