Mood Swings Disrupt Office Vibe
I am working at a new job, and several of my co-workers are also new. One particular co-worker tends to have mood swings and when in a bad mood, she will say things that make others feel inferior or will just lash out if we ask her a question. It creates a negative vibe in the office.
We also carpool and when in a good mood, she is a great conversationalist. Everyone at work has been patient with her because no one wants to “rock the boat” seeing that we have all just started this job.
Should we confront this situation head on or wait it out? My fear is that if we confront it, the situation can get worse and our jobs can be on the line.
Perturbed Yet Patient
You are indeed patient. Sometimes, however, patience is an enabler of awful behavior if without action.
Don’t hide from her mood swings, temper them, by asking “Hey, are you okay? Is there something wrong?” And, “How can I help?”