Telling Your Boss About A Co-Worker's Inappropriate Office Behavior

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By Scott Huntington

Since grade school, authority figures have embedded in our minds the key differences between tattling on someone and telling someone information they need to know. Little did we know these definitions would be essential terms that would carry over into the workplace.

What's the difference?


Tattling: ratting out a coworker so you look better; always mentioning every single time they slack off or make a personal call at work.

Telling: expressing your discomfort or concern about when you witness something that could hurt the company's reputation.

Many employees believe telling makes others see you as having loose lips and being untrustworthy. But the truth is, with enough cause, people will support you and intervene to help you resolve the situation in order to protect the company.