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The coach: ‘The junior I manage is being led astray’

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Careers expert Matthew Turner advises an architect who worries that a junior is being lured into a world of office bitchiness

One of my colleagues forgot to log out of our office shared messaging system. I picked up on this machine and read her message trail. She had spent the past hour in a bitchy conversation with the junior I manage about another colleague. The person concerned is quite annoying, but that is beside the point. My issue is how to handle the junior. I am new to managing people, but she clearly is being led astray.

Matthew turner

Matthew turner

The modern world hasn’t made confidentiality any easier. This is a clear case to discuss with with the person who deals with HR in your office (if there is one), rather than go it alone.

It sounds like it falls to you to take action and gently outline to the junior the work role of the messaging system. She sounds new to work, and perhaps needs to have it spelt out what that entails.

It would be very helpful to have the HR support and presence for this, as people have a dreadful habit of getting prickly when being found out. For that same reason, also beware of approaching this too heavy handedly.

AJ coach Matthew Turner is an architect and careers consultant who runs the Building on Architecture consultancy. To contact him with your questions, tweet @TheAJcoach or email him in confidence at hello@buildingonarchitecture.com

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