Examine Your MotivationsTattling is a common trait during the formative years of life.
Children tend to feel compelled to notify elders when siblings or other children do something wrong. By taking on a parental responsibility under the guise of being helpful, young tattletales use a socially acceptable way to tell on others and get them in trouble. As children age, they learn to discern between when to keep a secret and when to inform on others. Some never seem to outgrow the need to tattle or gossip and bring these traits to the workplace.
A tattletale is usually motivated by selfish reasons. Therefore, examine what is behind your own desire to inform on someone.
Are you bothered more by your boss’s laidback attitude rather than the behaviors of your colleagues? Are you trying to draw positive attention to your own righteous adherence to the rules? Is your intention to gain acceptance by management and be seen as a dependable employee?
Are you seeking to curry favor with the boss? Or, do you sadistically enjoy having your colleagues punished or embarrassed?