When Someone Complains About You At Work

Post Updated: 25th October 2017

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Someone lodged a complaint against you at work and now you’re being investigated – what should you do? Do you wait to get fired, or do you resign? How should you act and react when someone complains about you at work?

Try Damage Control

When someone complains about you at work, it is a difficult situation to control or predict. Find out about the Complainer and the nature of the complaint. Try to take your direct supervisor in your confidence. Set up a meeting with the complainer through your supervisor. Apologize, in your supervisor’s presence, if it’s the right thing to do. Having your supervisor in the same room will save you from further damage.

Never speak or interact with the Complainer in private.

Make sure your supervisor is aware how you regret your actions, if you did indeed do something wrong. And most importantly, keep your cool. Do not cry, shout or create any kind of scene at the workplace.

Talk to HR if your supervisor is not involved in these happenings. HR will try to mediate between you and the Complainer to resolve this asap. But it’s still important you involve or at least report your dilemma to your supervisor. It will build your relationship with the boss. And if needed, your supervisor can turn out to be an excellent character witness for you.

Trust Your Instincts

If you think you’re getting fired, ask for references before word gets out. Your supervisor can’t give you any letter of recommendation if you get fired from the job. No matter how ga-ga your supervisor is over you. So, get those recommendation letters and job references from people you’ve worked with.

The next course of action is actually dependent on time. Begin your job search if you feel your job is in danger. Set up interviews at every opportunity. And screen your offers.

If you’re particularly fond of your current job, try to stick it out till the very end. Your friendly supervisor can give you a heads-up if a pink slip should come your way. At such a point, try to persuade your supervisor to accept your resignation instead.

But, if you’re interested in the incoming offers, don’t lose any effort on any of the above. Pack up your favorite stapler and get going. You’re not running away because someone complained about you at work. It’s about taking advantage of the situation when the moment arrives.

Accept The Change

Changes happen in life all the time. Sometimes you are ready and sometimes you’re forced to get ready. Be prepared for whatever life has to offer. I know it’s easy for me to say this because I am not in your situation, but you have to try.

Over to you..

Not all complaints are genuine. Not all complaints get justice. Like all the other aspects in life, you have to keep an upbeat attitude to such a situation. So when someone complains about you at work, you don’t tuck in your tail and run away, you first fight. And fight hard. If all your fight is simply making a mess out of your life, it’s better for you to start fresh. What do you think? Let us know!

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