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I have an new coworker. Since she has been working with us she has done the following:Threw keys at another coworker because she had to work 30 minutes more than she was scheduled. Left her keys out where other people had access to confidential information and cash.Force balanced, left items out unlocked overnight.Lied about several things.

Every time she is approached by management she turns the tables saying we don't like her, we act like we don't want to help her and we talk to her in a mean way.She has been treated the same as everyone else and doesn't complain unless she is approached by management about something she has done.Our local management seems to not be addressing the fact that she is doing this but questions us on how we speak to her.



If this individual truly threw some keys at another employee, thereby posing the risk of injury to whomever she targeted, the incident should be reported to management immediately. This is typically grounds for termination. However, if she shoved the keys across a table or engaged in a similarly inappropriate but somewhat benign act of aggression, there are some other steps to consider.

Itís important for you and your fellow employees to be certain that there is nothing you are doing that could be generating this type of behavior from her. Sometimes current employees form a clique that is not particularly receptive or open to new employees, and the result is that new employees push back and also complain to management.

If you are certain that the actions of this new employee are reflective of whatever baggage she brings onto the job, then it is time for two possible discussions. First, you and some of your associates should meet with her to discuss her actions. Importantly all of your comments should focus on her behavior, and not on her personality. Reemphasize your willingness to work with her and help facilitate her transition to the job. If she continues to engage in inappropriate behaviors, the key step (so to speak) is for you and your associates to then discuss the situation with your manager.



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