Lulu’s Life Tips: Managing Your Coworkers, Part 1

Hello friendlies! Lulu here, with the first in a three-part series about managing your coworkers! Now, if you’re like me, you may share an office with one or more people, and some of them may not be what we like to call “team players”. For instance, in the office where I work, nobody is a team player except for me.

Charlee: “Wait … Are you claiming that you have some sort of a … a job?”
Lulu: “Of course I have a job. I’m a dog. All dogs have jobs. Mine is to keep watch over the house.”
Chaplin: “But every time the doorbell rings, you’re right there wagging your tail. We’ve never seen you once woof at somebody at the door.”
Lulu: “Right. I keep watch for people who might be willing to give me a belly rub.”

If you’re surrounded by non-team-players like I am, you may need to do some pretty forceful cajoling to get them to pull their weight. Let me give you an example. Suppose your coworker has just been sitting at his desk for hours even though it’s definitely time for them to take a break and play with you. What do you do? You have a few options. You can write them a passive-aggressive email. You can write everyone a passive-aggressive email and let them figure out who you’re talking to. You can put a passive-aggressive note up someplace where somebody might see it eventually. But I recommend taking the direct approach:

As you can see, in order to get what you want, sometimes you need to speak up a little.

Charlee: “Look at that, you do have a voice. We were all starting to think you were a mute.”
Chaplin: “Were you actually trying to get Dada to play? Because it looks to me like you were trying to get him to open the door to the room where they keep the treats.”
Lulu: “Stop trying to derail my narrative.”

Tune in next week for Part 2 of my series, in which I show you how to keep your coworker engaged once you have finally gotten their attention. Until then, this is Lulu, rolling over and out!

11 thoughts on “Lulu’s Life Tips: Managing Your Coworkers, Part 1

  1. Lulu, your coworker is a little slow on the uptake. Next time try an email. Or better still, do what we do – put your chin on his leg and look up at him with those adoring eyes:) Works like a charm for us.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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  2. OMD, we lost our “follow” with you! And Mom has been so busy she just realized it and went hunting for you. We’re going to click on the follow box again and hope it “sticks.” Lulu, we do the same thing. We always have to be ready when Mom asks, “What do you want?” Will be reading more later to get your second tip. XOX Lucay and Xena

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