Entering an employment once again is never easy. Especially after you left the whole thing for almost three years. The skill and knowledge have never left me, and I get to enhance my new skill over time. It is not the nature of job that I see as uneasy but the people that I am working with.
Working environment is like a high school for me. Walls have ears, rumors can easily fly around the room and competition is just endless. You will be constantly valued over what you do and what you can not do. Hence it is so annoying when your commitment to give your 100% best is not aligned with the co-worker you are closely working with.
If only you can do everything by yourself, finishing a job won’t be a problem. But you can’t do your job well if your co-worker hasn’t done his. It’s a team work effort and somehow the other one keeps failing you due to his disorganization.
Being disorganized is not necessarily being lazy. It’s just a big issue in managing works and managing time. Deadlines are never met. Thus it delays everything you are working for. It has a domino effect.
It is easy to tell whether your co-worker is a disorganized person or not. His desk is never clean. You can find piles of papers are scattered all over it. He doesn’t have a calendar, his notes are terrible, there are hundreds of unread emails sitting on his inbox and he is likely to come late for too many reasons.
Tired to deal with a co-worker like this? Here are couple of ways to deal with a disorganized co-worker in your workplace:
1. Take him for coffee and establish an fun conversation to address the issue. It is important not to shut him down completely so at the beginning rather friendly approach is worth to try.
2. If lateness is one of his issues, keep him under your nose. Text him or give him a reminder call on daily basis to check whether he is going to be late or not.
3. Create a special log book for him to record every work assignments and make time in the afternoon to sit with him to go through whichever works done and which are pending.
4. Give him all support he says he needs. Don’t give a room for slacking.
5. Celebrate every milestone he achieves even if it is only a one minutes early arrival at work. He needs to know that his team really care for him.
6. If nothing works maybe it’s time for you to talk to your supervisor and ask for a back up. Sometimes a wake up call is what it takes to make someone awake from his sweet dream.
What do you think of disorganized co-workers? Are they worth keeping?