How to give performance feedback on a very unpleasant colleague?
September 23, 2013 8:11 AM Subscribe
I just received a request for performance feedback from a manager at my company concerning an employee I've worked with in the past year whom I did not like at all. I am uncomfortable telling the manager what I really think. Before I started working with this person I was warned by others to expect a difficult relationship.
posted by Dragonness to work & money (18 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
And sure enough: this colleague has a brash communication style, is quick to lay blame, loves catching people not doing what she thinks they're supposed to do and reporting them to their superior, and is a stickler for rules, even when applying them makes no sense. To illustrate the latter: ordinarily we review project design on site with the customer at the skeletal stage and at the final-design stage. The project we worked on together was very small and the skeletal stage did not warrant an on-site visit. She insisted we do it. The review was done very quickly and we had to come up with other things to talk about just to make our visit feel less like a waste of time.
Another issue with her is that all of us juggle multiple projects and regularly need to shuffle our priorities in order to meet deadlines. She does not accept pushback on her project. She says 'You knew your deliverables months ago when we set up the project plan'.
She is also particular about hours billed to her project - only allowing us to bill precisely as much as she planned for a given task and no more.
I'm sure this style enables her to get her work done and make her look good to her own superiors, but everyone who's worked with her that I've spoken with avoids her if they possibly can.
How do I express this to her supervisor while remaining professional?