Should I get rid of the ‘Debbie Downer’ office?

Someone on my team is performing very well but always seems unhappy and I feel like she is bringing down the energy of the whole team. Do I let it go or do I tell him something?

How a person contributes and affects team morale – and company perception – is just as important as their job performance. But is this person just wired like Debbie Downer, or is this a change in behavior from what she’s already shown? Sometimes people just don’t know how they are presenting themselves and a little encouragement and nudge is all it takes to change their behavior. You might discover that something is causing the behavior, such as a recent life event. Or, they could just be a sour cat. If the behavior doesn’t improve, it’s a judgment call at the end of the day. We are all assessed on the same basis. So, is the company better with the person in the role or not? It’s a decision you have to make.

I have just learned that my colleague who holds the same position as me earns more than me. How do I approach my boss about this?

Very carefully. There is no rule or law that says two people in the same job should be paid the same. There are many legitimate reasons why two people in the same job might earn different salaries, such as experience, performance, seniority, and what it took to turn the person away from a previous job. You also can’t be sure what your colleague earns unless you have documented proof, and your boss is unlikely to want to discuss what someone else earns. So if you’re having this conversation with your boss, it should be based on what you think you’re worth both internally within the company and in the market, and why. Assuming you think your boss thinks you’re doing a great job.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a human resources manager. Listen to Greg Weds. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. Email: [email protected] Follow: and on Twitter: @GregGiangrande

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