How does one manage an irresponsible colleague, boss, or subordinate? There’s a difference between being too relaxed, and being irresponsible. The work ethics I’ve attained and grown up with have turned me into somewhat of a being a ‘perfect’ employee where I intend to make sure that deadlines are met before the actual due date, things are planned months before, and plan B is always available just in case something goes wrong.
However, as each day progresses, I find that I might be one of those rare employees that is actually responsible enough to ensure that things are done on time. Which brings me to ask, are people too relaxed? Or just plain irresponsible?
Everyone deserves a chance to chill at work, and we all do this. I admit it. Nevertheless, being way too chilled is a bit over the board. An employee, who starts work at 8, reads the news first, grabs a cup of coffee, talks to a few colleagues and then rolls up his/her sleeves to start actually working at 11am, is a bit too much.
It makes me wonder. How can someone be so chilled about being relaxed at work? What is it? Don’t they have deadlines? I have faced similar situations where I had a task for an employee and requested it on an urgent basis; only to find that employee working on the urgent task three hours later than actually treating it as an urgent request within the same hour.
So how would you explain the above situation? Such behaviors would lead you sometimes to not depend on anyone, but to always manage things on your own. I would hate it if I was perceived to be an employee who was not a team player but did everything on my own.
I confronted the employee about the late task, I was actually told “Oh, I forgot and thought it wasn’t urgent.” And by the way, this has happened many times with various others and not just the same individual.
Carelessness? Not deeming items as important? Or again, the individual is just too plain relaxed?
My article this time imposes a question more than anything else. I have tried to put myself in their shoes several times, and understand how they’re thinking but have always been unsuccessful. I wonder if these are the types of people that are normally less stressed than everyone else?
Why not be stressed at all? Have less work? Fewer responsibilities? And just chill, and not think of anyone. I would really love your input so I can understand this situation better.
Fatma (Fay), Emirati girl, with an experience in Corporate Communications and CSR. She is passionate about anything that is traditional and Emirati. In her free time she loves to watch Japanese anime, read manga, and play videogames. Spas are not the only thing that relaxes her, but cooking as well.
Fay’s columns observe work-life experiences and balance. A lot of her articles are based on first-hand personal experiences and issues she has seen or been part of. She loves to observe her surroundings, and watch how people handle different situations they’ve been put in.Also, she is trying to balance the art of staying positive at work and helping her peers understand that not everything should be a problem. With her writings she hopes to make a difference and make people more observant of the little problems in life, or work that hasn’t escalated to a catastrophe. It’s the little things that matters.