Tired of being the office brain
September 12, 2007 8:19 AM Subscribe
I have a very good memory, which comes in handy at work when issues come up and I can recall the context and history. However, my colleagues have come to rely on my memory rather than developing their own knowledge or referring to other sources of information. How can I get them to leave me alone so I can get some work done?
posted by cabingirl to Work & Money (27 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My coworkers are driving me crazy because they come to me with questions all the time that could be solved by a search of our documentation database or by keeping their own notes. It's gotten to the point where I sometimes say I don't remember just to get people to leave me alone, which doesn't really work because they sometimes go around in circles until I am forced to step in and give them the information that they originally needed anyway. I appreciate on some level that I am the "go-to" person, but I got to this point by being resourceful and figuring things out on my own. I don't necessarily have instant recall of all of this information, but I know where to find it, so I can usually lay my hands on the answer very quickly. What can I do to encourage my colleagues to do the same? Alternately, how can I better respond to them when they ask me the same question they've asked a million times before?