When you work for 40-45 hours a week, you are more likely to absorb things – good or bad - what is offered to you from the office space. Whether you like it or not, it is going to affect your personal life. But there is no denying that it will bring the best personality out of you while dealing with some common work problems!
We could identify many usual work problems but the real challenge is how to handle without being a jerk or unlikable character in the office. Well, before we say anything, always remember that the key is communication. Here are the list of 7 such problems and the best way to fix:
1. The job is completely different from what you expected
You were hired in the company in your chosen department but with time and change of requirements, your task has been modified or changed and you end up doing the work you never interested or at least, never expected it.
How to fix: You can have open talk with your manager in calm and collaborative tone. Explain in problem-solving mode, how your task is not matching your profile you’ve been looking for. Give a clear picture of what exactly you want and request him/her to adjust your work accordingly. The answer can be in your favor, but your views can help manager think how to utilize your skills in a more effective way without keeping your interest off from the work.
2.Overwhelmed with workload
Sometimes due to your proactive approach (which is a good thing) or to fill the shoes of absent employee, you need to take other work. Here, workload could be unmanageable since you will have extra burden apart from whole lists of tasks you need to complete.
How to fix: Choose the time when your manager is free and explain that your workload can’t be bearable with specific details on why. You can request to add one resource for less urgent work and you can play an assistant role in it. If your manager wouldn’t be able to help you prioritize then you can come up with your own proposal of setting priority which he/she could approve.
3.Difficult to work with co-worker
Often at your workplace, you meet few people with whom working is difficult. Every conversation with that person devolves into disagreement and tussle which can be harmful for the shared project.
How to fix: First of all, you need to put your ego away as likability is not the key for work to be done. You just need to be able to work together. Also, you don’t always have to be nice but remain unflappable in the face of crazy-making personalities. But you can always genuinely admire wherever he/she did a fabulous job or you can seek his/her advice for any specific problem. This regular concerned effort can sometimes make a difference.
4.Your style of working
Everyone has a different style of working; especially sometimes it can be about your productive timeline.
How to fix: Identify what your strength is and how you can incorporate it to increase your productivity. If those traits don’t match with the set working style then tell your manager about it and request to allow you some flexibility in working hours. Assure your manager that the requested change won’t downgrade the quality or delay in project time.
5.Made a major mistake
Suppose you are working on a crucial task and due to an unintentional mistake, some issues occurred which could delay the project deadline.
How to fix: First, don’t panic or be defendable! Admit your fault and take the full responsibility, irrespective of the fact that it was unintentional. Explain the details of what exactly happened and how you are planning to mitigate the damage. Also, mention the lesson you’ve learned from this. It won’t correct your mistake but at least, you won’t lose the trust of your manager by far margin.
6. Your co-worker takes credit for your work
It’s less likely but prone to happen that you did all the hard work but the person who was included at the end or presenting it took full credit.
How to fix: Be proactive. Speak up before someone claim all your work. Keep your manager in the loop. If your co-worker anyway takes all the credit then be fearless to tell the roles and responsibilities and communicate that if any question they need to ask regarding your part of job. While doing so, do not worry about not to be called as team player; because manager always would like to know what roles their employees have taken in a piece of work.
7.Boss doesn’t notice your work
You’ve been peeling off your best effort to keep the project and deliver it on time but none of your performance has registered in your manager’s radar.
How to fix: Become your own advocate and time to time, highlight your key victory by keeping your boss in the loop. Also remember, your boss can’t give you high five for every small job you do, so don’t be needy of appreciation! What else you notice at your workplace that can be categorized as common office dilemma? Tell us in the comment section. You can always visit our Employee Recognition and Reward platform Xoxoday to give your employee a token of appreciation for their work.
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