As one of the leading employment agencies in Harrisonburg, Adams & Garth knows that working alongside someone who isn’t doing their job is a frustrating experience. What’s worse, though, is when you’re forced to pick up their slack – and do your job plus portions of theirs. How do you handle the situation? Here are 3 questions ask yourself so you make the right move:
How big of an issue is it?
If you’re doing a few extra minutes of work a day because of an underperforming co-worker, you have to ask yourself: are those extra few minutes worth causing potential conflict over? If it’s really not a big deal – but you still bring it up to your co-worker or boss – you might come off as having a negative attitude or being whiny. So just make sure it’s an issue that really does need to be addressed.
What can you do to deal with the situation?
For instance, you may be taking on extra work from a co-worker because they’re getting extra work from the boss. They may simply have too much on their plate to get it all done. If this is the case, bring it up to them and suggest ways to work toward a positive resolution.
If, however, it’s simply a case of them not doing their work, then you need to establish boundaries. You need to be very clear with them what you’re willing to do…and what you’re not. Otherwise, you could wind up being pushed around.
At what point should you talk to the boss?
Your boss is probably extremely busy and expects employees to solve problems on their own. That’s why it’s important to make sure the issue is really worthy of their attention before you bring it up to them. Keep in mind, bringing it up to them could inadvertently send the message that you’re not able to handle these issues on your own, without hand-holding.
However, if you’re still convinced this is an issue that needs addressing by your manager, be as specific as possible. Don’t just say: “Jim is being lazy.” Make sure you have examples of the specific behavior in question and what’s not working.
Interested in making a move to a different opportunity?
If you’re tired of picking up the slack of your co-worker and are ready to look for something new, Adams & Garth can help. As one of the leading employment agencies in Harrisonburg, we can help you with your job search from start to finish, from crafting a strong resume to matching you with a job opportunity that’s a better fit for you.