Odd Behavior

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about strange behavior of VP:

A co-worker is distributing very odd behavior. She recently attended a very important meeting wearing a big red hat with purple flowers, a purple feather boa, and carried a large teddy bear. She proceeded to pet the teddy bear throughout the meeting. Would that be cause enough to send someone for a drug test? She is a company VP and should know better.

Signed, Should Know Better

Dear Should Know Better:

She got your attention. Right? Now you wonder if drug abuse is to blame for this strange behavior. There may be more to this story and you are right to wonder. Do you mean to say that your company’s upper management was present by saying the meeting was “very important”? Were you at the meeting? If so, how did others react to her colorful get-up and pet? Did they too act strangely?

In short, should you jump to the conclusion that this coworker should be sent for a drug test? Rather, what are your options?
· Make it a topic of gossip; surely the VP in the red hat, boa, and teddy is off her rocker.
· Bite your tongue and focus on doing quality work, and not worry about unexplained behavior unless and until it interferes with your work.
· Play along with what must have some unannounced purpose; maybe you too could join the party.
· Wait and see. You are her coworker, not her boss. ·
Speak to your supervisor/boss. If she is a coworker your boss probably also is her boss. This is the individual responsible.
· Speak to her in private to learn what and why prompted what seems odd.
· Contact your Human Resources and let them worry about what’s going on. Do any of these options make sense? Will you keep us posted on what you learn and the option you chose? Working together with hands, head, and heart takes and makes big WEGOS.

William Gorden