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Not my problem… February 15, 2011

Posted by mareserinitatis in career, work.
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I’ve been dealing with a problem for a couple months now, and it didn’t seem to be getting any better. In fact, it was getting me extremely stressed out. On the other hand, I was worried about discussing it with my supervisor because I was afraid it would look like I wasn’t taking responsibility or being proactive enough.

I decided today how I was going to deal with the problem, and I went to talk to my supervisor. I explained why things hadn’t been working and what I thought would be the solution moving forward.

To my surprise, I didn’t get glared at or all the other things I was worried about. In fact, he apologized to me for not having been more active in helping me to solve the problem.

It was not what I expected at all, but it was a nice surprise. And a huge relief.

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1. Luke Holzmann - February 16, 2011

That is fantastic! I’m glad that weight has lifted.

~Luke

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2. Dwight Chew - February 18, 2011

The next time you run into this type of situation, I’d suggest that you don’t wait a couple of months before taking it to your supervisor. Many industries don’t have a couple of months for pojects to sit without some sort of progress.

If you worked for me and I asked you for a progress report and you tell me that you’re not totally sure of what you’re doing, my 1st thoughts would be to question your abilities. My 2nd thought would be to talk to you and get more information on what was going on. My 3th thoughts as a manager would be to make sure you were headed in the right direction and had enough support to get the job done. If you can’t get the work done, I need to find someone who can or my job is on the line too.

One thing I can tell you is that very few people have any control on what happens in your life or profession. There are too many outside influences that affect us all that we have little say on. If you need help or guidance, ask early, don’t wait until it’s too late.

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mareserinitatis - February 18, 2011

The issue was primarily with waiting on someone else, and my supervisor understood that. My proposed solution meant doing something without input from this other person, which means it may not work as well as it would have. I guess that’s the trade-off.

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