So, here's the situation:
In our project team, there are some smaller subteams. We're with two in ours:
- my colleague who's an employee
- me, an external consultant, also 'team lead' responsible for the work of us both. I'm also kind of a mentor, as the colleague has transferred to our team and so it's a new job and skillset for her (since about half a year).
The last two weeks, this colleague has fallen asleep a couple of times, if you can call it that. It's lightly or almost, just sitting at her desk with the eyes closed. Also, on two occasions when I was explaining her something face-to-face, she almost couldn't keep her eyes open. Today, she actually said she was too tired when trying (and failing) to accomplish a difficult task.
The only possible reason I know is that her dogs keep her awake part of the night. (Of course there might be other, private causes.)
What should I do now? My options are:
- talk to her and give her a chance to improve her behavior.
- talk to the manager first and let him decide who's going to have the talk.
I would think it fair to give her a warning, but then again, this is pretty serious and (as an external consultant) I feel that the manager has the right to know accurate feedback on his employees. On the other hand, going directly to the manager doesn't feel entirely right either.