I have gone back to school and I’m pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University. I am currently taking two classes. One class is Professional Presence. Today’s blog is from an assignment I was given in that class.
Imagine a situation where you are paired up with a coworker to complete a very important project for your company. The coworker does not share the same work ethic that you do, and you are concerned about working together toward successful completion of the project. It is not a job that you can handle on your own as there are a lot of specialty areas that this person knows well and you know nothing about. Discuss at least three things you can do to improve your working relationship with this person so that you do not dread going to work every day and that will improve the work you produce as a team.
My response to this is today’s blog:
This is an acronym that I learned a few years ago, and it applies directly to this discussion. I’ve been involved in several situations over the years, not in the work place, but in meetings with my children like this environment. Primarily with the public-school system to create what we call an I.E.P. Or an Individualized Educational Plan. Which is a meeting in which we decide how to address my children’s special needs. For those of you who don’t know, my 18-year-old and 20-year-old children have high functioning autism. Most of these meeting involved social workers and most of the time we did not get along. In a situation like this, I would need to be proactive. But in a different way than an I.E.P. meeting. In this scenario, I would need to get the other person to work with me. How can I get the other person to act? What motivates them? Would completing this project help him score points with the boss? Is he or she at risk for losing their job? These answers would only be discovered by talking to each other. We need to work together. A second thing we would need to do is have a meeting to create a plan on how to complete the project. One thing we can do is create a matrix that would show who is responsible for what. And create a timeline to show what needs to be done by when. We also will need to meet regularly for progress updates and agree to notify each other if any of the deadlines won’t be met. In an article in Forbes, I found several other ideas. One really stands out:“Don’t let their ways rub off on you.” (2011) One thing I learned years ago, is that I am like the 5 people I spend the most time with. If you are going to be spending a sizable amount of time with this person, this could easily become an issue. Be mindful of it. A second thing that stands out is “Don’t let their work become your responsibility.” (2011) Finally, “Communicate with your co-worker. He or she might not be lazy. Instead, they might be unclear of their tasks and deadlines. “Be clear about goals, deadlines and commitments,” says Robbins. “Sometimes it’s not that they’re lazy, it’s that they don’t have a good way of organizing their work or managing their time.” There’s always a chance that they’re preoccupied with a personal matter, too. “We need to remember that life happens,” says Robbins. They could be distracted by a health issue or family problem.” (2011)