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.
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.
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!