An Indian (not Native Am) guy with a masters in computer programming was hired for a marketing position. He was given a position under mine. When I asked for a 8.5x11 poster, this was the conversation:
Me: Piyush, I need a poster for an event. Just an 8.5x11. Here's a pamphlet to get the info. As quickly as you can.
Me: (two days later) Piyush, I really need that poster.
Piyush: I didn't get it done because I don't know what you wanted on it.
Me: Piyush, it doesn't take much. Just look on the Internet for ideas or look into Publisher for some templates. I really need to get these posters out.
Piyush: OK, I'll look.
Me: (A week later) Piyush, do you have the poster I asked for. The print shop takes three days and we're about two weeks until the event.
Piyush: I don't know what you want me to put on it.
Me: OK! I"m drawing you a picture. Wait Piyush, I shouldn't have to do this. How hard is it for you to make a simple poster?! I've been asking you for a week now. Please just do it!!
Me: (Two weeks later) Piyush, where's the poster?
Piyush: I'll get it done this afternoon.
Me: Forget it, Piyush. I already have them done. (Showing him two posters I did the night before)
Can anyone explain why this guy stalled for so long?
Asked by Anonymous at 9:03 AM on May. 3, 2011 in Money & Work
Answer by jmpj8107 at 9:16 AM on May. 3, 2011
Answer by mkdirector2011 at 9:12 AM on May. 3, 2011
Answer by NannyB. at 9:14 AM on May. 3, 2011
Sounds like he's got the idea that if he plays done you will do your job and his. I would document each time you have to do his job for him, maybe not in his personnel file, but as a way of showing he isn't pulling his own weight if it comes down to replacing him.
Answer by scout_mom at 9:36 AM on May. 3, 2011
Answer by meooma at 9:42 AM on May. 3, 2011
I am a secretary and I know that it is hard to always guess what your boss wants with vague info. I get this everyday so I just do my best and make something look awesome and present it and then i show it to him. He may say switch the background to red..or try a new font..etc. You have to produce something regardless and then I'm sure you would have given him more feedback. If he wasn't clear on the instructions then he should have come to you and asked a few specific questions. He was being lazy IMO!! sounds like he wont last long at his job!
Answer by ria7 at 9:42 AM on May. 3, 2011
Answer by pinkdragon36 at 10:17 AM on May. 3, 2011
Answer by CCCs at 9:22 AM on May. 3, 2011