- 3 years ago
- Wedding: February 2012
Long story short: Do you think employees should be expected or required to take on the work of their colleagues if they have time to do so? Do you think that if you put in a lot of extra effort and diligence, that everyone else should, as well?
I’m asking because I work with a lady who always has teamwork drama. She’s a very hard worker and holds her colleagues to the same high standards; as a result, she often gets angry with the others if they don’t help her.
Now, the group of ladies I work with do their jobs fine. We’re pharmacy techs who rotate between IV prep, floor stocking, and runner and each one does her assignment appropriately. What this particular woman takes issue with is, for example, if she’s making IVs while the runner or floor stocker has nothing going on, she expects them to help her make IVs and gets mad when they don’t because she’s the type that frequently does offer to help others. She’s actually created her own problem, in a way, because there are a couple of techs who will help everyone out *except* her because they’re irritated by her.
I have conflicting feelings since I think teamwork is crucial, we all benefit from going the extra mile and it can be infuriating to put in so much effort and not have it returned – I see where she’s coming from – yet she exasperates me with her constant annoyance at *someone* on any given day. I think as long as each tech does their job well so that I’m not picking up someone’s slack, there’s nothing worth complaining about. If they help with my assigned duty that day in addition to their own, fantastic, but I don’t expect it and when I help, I don’t feel they “owe” me. I don’t support the “not my job, not my problem” mentality but at the same time, it’s easier to just let things go if I’m not actually overworked.