team contribution question
December 28, 2013 2:23 PM Subscribe
Person A has other, more urgent responsibilities while Team wants to get things done. How to compromise?
posted by ribboncake to Human Relations (20 answers total)
The situation: Person A is on Team with a few other members, and they have contract for set meeting times. Often, meetings run overtime, or impromptu meetings are necessary. Person A tells Team that they have other matters that are more urgent, but he will be free to work after X days, or can only dedicate a few hours to project if meeting before that. The deadline is not until later, but Team wants things done early so they can get to their other matters. Team has meeting and does work anyway. Person A said ahead of time, that they should leave work for him, and he is willing to contribute in any way, including write-ups and consolidation, but those are frequently finished by the time Person A is available. Team said everything was fine and never brought it up as a problem.
Situation occurs several times, with Person A addressing the fact that there's often nothing left for him to do, and he wants to be a good contributor. No response.
Person A did do a fair share of the work, and was present at all previously agreed upon meetings that were set at the beginning of the project. It's only the overtime and extra meetings that did not fit with his schedule, but team wanted to push ahead.
Come peer-evaluation time, people thought Person A was a low contributor, which admittedly, he was compared to everyone else, because there was never anything left for him to do.This was a group project so it could not have been split up, and the only thing Person could have offered was to put together presentations, write-ups, and consolidation, which he did offer.
What could have been done differently so everyone does their fair share, people, especially higher-ups, doesn't think Person A is a lazy ass, and Person A can still manage his other responsibilities?
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