But my boss says I don’t do enough…

This seems to be a fairly popular thing I hear quite often. “My boss says that I’m not doing enough and wants me to do more or face the ax, but I don’t think I’m at fault.”

Dear Abbey…no just kidding.

What I find most often is that if someone is telling me that’s what their boss said to them, the boss is not wrong. 9 times out of 10, even I have observed that this particular group of people are the ones in the office that everyone knows (whether they care to admit it out loud or not) the ones on Facebook, have their cellphones permanently glued to their hand, escape to the bathroom to loudly chat about the wild club party from the night before every day, bouncing around the office disrupting work, etc.

I’ll be the first person to say that I might be biased because I’m a workaholic and once I get started, you won’t hear a peep from me for the next 9 hours. (especially if ADD toys at my desk are involved) But I am a true believer that if you’re doing what you’re suppose to be doing then you should be able to to finish your work, without constantly being behind or set back. And trust me, I’m also the first person to also understand that sometimes…life sucks. shit happens.

So, is it petty to keep track of these issues? Keep track of how many times they’re late to the weekly meeting, how many hours of the work day is spent chatting, texting, walking around or on Facebook, or how many times in a month they walk in 20 minutes late. Just to prove a point. The data is always there to prove the point so if somehow we can tell these people — no, seriously bro, you aren’t doing as well as you think you are. Look!

By experience, I’m also familiar with the reaction. Talk to them once, “Oh ok, i’ll fix it.” Three days later it happens again. Talk to them again and it’s suddenly your problem, the micromanaging bitch. Follow up with some difficult conversation and dismissal and they’re waiting for you in the parking lot or slashing your tires. Subtle hints and reprimand might not be their forte. (and in my defense of this experience, I wasn’t paying her to watch TV 8 hours a day).

How do you tell people that? Are there any strategies? Maybe I’m going about this all wrong.