What Will You Do?

Being Aware of Behavior Changes in Others


You work with a student and notice changes in their presentation and behavior—they've started to come in late, turn in sloppy work, and look like they've just rolled out of bed. You are concerned about them and don't know what to do.  


  • Direct"Hey, Sidney. As your mentor and friend, I have to tell you that your recent work is not up to your usual standards. I'd like to help if there's something going on. Do we need to adjust your work hours during exams?"
  • Distract: "So, I know it's 9 a.m. somewhere, but I need you to come to work when it's 9 a.m. here. I'm concerned when I see that you're suddenly late all the time. Is there something going on you'd like to talk about?"
  • Delegate: A phone call to Sidney's class dean may help alert them to check in on Sidney and put some helpful interventions in place.