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How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:49 AM

The title says it all. I have a co worker that is hell bent on doing his own thing, and my manager keeps asking me what is he doing? has anyone every been in this situation? any advice?
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:52 AM

In that situation you've gotta do the right thing, either be honest with your manager when he asks you, or at worst, be evasive and say you don't know, so the manager has to go and investigate for himself. That way you can't be judged a rat or an enabler, you're just doing your job. At least you seem to be in a position where you can use the manager to your advantage while keeping your own nose clean.

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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:54 AM

Are you the other person's manager? Do you get paid for keeping them on track? If yes then enforce your authority. If not, then tell your manager that you spend your time worrying about your own productivity and not the random comings and goings of your co-workers.

If you particuarly don't like the co-worker then maybe throw in a "Keeping track of that guy would be a full-time job to itself, and I have too much work to do that." This doesn't say he's screwing off. This says you don't know or care what he does because you are doing your own job.

Keep your conversation with your boss focused on how you are working 100% of the time. Don't provide ammunition showing you spend you're time tracking people outside of your job duties... that you like to get in everyone else's business... that you squeal on others... and so on.

Keep yourself looking professional and productive. Let the other guy hang himself.

If the other guy keeps asking you to cover for him while sneaks in a smoke, tells you what he was doing instead of working and so on then tell him to stop. Tell him you would rather be ignorant of him cheating the company so when aren't put in the awkward position of having to choose between loyalty to the company paying your wages and loyalty to a co-worker.

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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:55 AM

What do you mean by "dodge work"? Is that some British term where it means crappy, or is that the more American version of "not doing"?

I am not sure how that plays statement with "hell bent on doing his own thing".
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:01 AM

Thanks guys.

Modi, i meant to say that this co worker basically finds one task that he wants to do, and stretches it out for weeks, while i have to finish up and work that is slacking. I have told my manager that I don't have time to keep tabs on employees that are technically above me.
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:14 AM

View PostBigR1983, on 17 March 2011 - 11:01 AM, said:

[...] on employees that are technically above me.

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i meant to say that this co worker basically finds one task that he wants to do, and stretches it out for weeks

If you think you can work fast enough, you can put in a suggestion to quit working by the hour and instead work piecemeal, so you get paid by the completed project instead of by the hour. That usually lights a fire under people's arses. Or at the very least institute a policy of bonuses related to completion/milestone dates. When a company realizes that a $100 bonus is a lot cheaper than an entire week of salary for someone who is stretching out the job, the realize paying bonuses saves them money.
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:32 AM

Tell on him, but be discreet. Snitches get stitches.
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:52 PM

our team meeting went well today, the manager told him to start helping out, he put up a fight, but starting monday, he is supposed to be back on task. so as of right now it is a win.
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:18 PM

Just kick his ass.
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 06:18 PM

Why stop at kicking his ass. Kill him and dump him in the river. He is dead weight anyway.
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 06:21 PM

Those are all good options, i will just keep out performing him, and let him annoy the crap out of the rest of dev and the CTO, and see what happens.
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 17 March 2011 - 06:28 PM

Only works if the people that matter notice :P
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 18 March 2011 - 07:37 AM

View PosttlhIn`toq, on 17 March 2011 - 11:54 AM, said:

Are you the other person's manager? Do you get paid for keeping them on track? If yes then enforce your authority. If not, then tell your manager that you spend your time worrying about your own productivity and not the random comings and goings of your co-workers.


What tlhIn`toq said in the quote above is exactly what your response should be. It's not your job to worry about other people. Let your manager go and talk to this person...that is his job to keep track of HIS employees.
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 18 March 2011 - 08:39 AM

Call up this thread, leave it on your screen and head to lunch.
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Re: How do you deal with co-workers that dodge work

Posted 18 March 2011 - 11:37 AM

basically my canned response will be from now on, i dont know, i dont have time to keep tabs on him.
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