Handling requests to work on spec for a desperate colleague
March 6, 2013 6:09 PM Subscribe
I have a colleague who wants me to put in a couple of hours after work for a personal project for him. He has emailed me desperately and repeatedly several times over the past week and asks me about it every day, even though I told him I am too busy. I think he thinks I can squeeze it in to my normal working hours, but I can't. How do I get rid of this person?
posted by kettleoffish to work & money (32 answers total)
I have said, "it won't be possible for at least two weeks, as I am busy." I have said, "I usually charge for this kind of service." He continues to ask and ask and ask and it is at the point that I literally just want to put in the hours and do the work for free. He is extremely cheap, and I know he will never never pay me. But he will also never stop asking.
What should I do?
1) Email his request to my boss (it is tangentially related to our work, in that it is enrichment for my colleague). I have not done this because my boss will not want me to work on this project because he needs all my time.
2) Just say no.
3) Just do the work and then say THIS IS THE LAST TIME EVER.
Difficulty level: small office, team, work together every day