He Corrected Her Error so She Started Gossiping About Him Behind His Back, Was He Wrong to Follow ‘Protocol’ and Have Her Sacked

A 30-year-old man named Alex found himself grappling with a moral conundrum at work one day. His co-worker, Sammy, had been causing disruptions in their collaborative workflow. Here is what he had to say: 

A Delicate Balance

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Alex relied heavily on Sammy’s work, a symbiotic relationship that could make or break his productivity. When Sammy began to falter one day, Alex was left picking up the pieces, but he decided to play it safe and confront the issue personally.

The Fateful Correction

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Alex’s attempt to address Sammy’s errors took just a few seconds. He politely pointed out a mistake and offered guidance. Sammy appeared to take it in stride, fixing the issue without much fuss. A simple interaction, seemingly harmless.

Gossip In The Shadow

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Little did Alex know that behind his back, Sammy was weaving a tapestry of gossip and resentment about his corrective action. His lunchtime revelation about Sammy’s unfavorable comments left him disappointed in her.

A Seemingly Resolved Matter

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Despite this drama, Sammy, initially unresponsive to Alex’s inquiries about her behavior, appeared to have put the issue to rest. However, the tension persisted, and Alex found Sammy once again talking about him behind his back. “I ask if there’s anything she wants to say to me”, the man explained. “She says no, I ask if she’s sure, she says yes, I say alright then.”

The Mistake That Escaped Detection

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In a twist of fate, Sammy committed another error, but this time one that could lead to significant inconveniences for a client. Astonishingly, this error went unnoticed by multiple layers of supervision, including Sammy’s own co-workers and her supervisor.

A Moral Dilemma Unfolded

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As the gravity of Sammy’s mistake dawned on Alex, he faced a moral crossroads. Should he step in and rectify the issue, potentially sparing Sammy’s career, or should he abide by office protocol and let the situation evolve naturally?

The Fateful Email

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In adherence to company protocol, Alex sent an email detailing the issue to Sammy’s supervisor, despite knowing she was off-duty. The email remained unread, and consequences loomed on the horizon.

A Client’s Unpleasant Surprise

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The following day, things got serious for Sammy. Alex explained: “The client personally shows up and asks about this issue because he arrived in the morning and his people couldn’t get to work because they were missing critical components for their operation.”

The Boss’s Resolution

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Eager to ease these client tensions, the boss stepped in to kiss up to the client, offering a discount and personally ensuring the issue was resolved. Sammy’s responsibility for this mistake came to light, leading to her being fired. Other colleagues received warnings, but Alex only received praise from his supervisor for catching the error.

Reflecting On The Dilemma

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With the dust settling, Alex reflected on his actions. Could he have prevented Sammy’s downfall by directly intervening? Or was he right to follow protocol, which ultimately led to her losing her job?

Seeking Answers

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In search of answers to his internal questions, Alex headed to his favorite online community forum for advice. One of his online buddies was quick to criticize Sammy: “She is immature, can’t handle criticism, and sucks at her job”, they wrote. “She needs to go.”

She Did This To Herself

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Many people believed that Sammy losing her job was her own fault. “She should have taken your help and thanked you, rather than gossiping about you behind your back”, pointed out one commenter. “Makes it difficult to want to assist her moving forward.”

Bias Suspected

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However, not everybody took Alex’s side. “I don’t know… something about this reeks of Alex giving a very biased side of the story”, commented one reader. “Why would one helpful comment result in Sammy talking behind Alex’s back and workplace politics?”

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