Another Reason to Share Information
Have you ever had one project that just won’t get done? You procrastinate or stare at an empty screen and think, why is this one thing driving me crazy? I had a project like that, a feature that wouldn’t come out. It was stuck somewhere between my ears and my fingers and eventually, the deadline passed me by. I told my boss and was granted an extension. Then that deadline passed me by! I was supposed to come in on Saturday to finish, and I did come in, but I didn’t finish. It was like a rash, that feature. I kept scratching, and it kept itching.
I got up at 5 a.m. that Monday and drove my car downtown to work. I was the first one in the office, and I got a lot done. I had made definite headway by 8-ish when my editor came in. We talked and she mentioned something on her s**t list. I half-jokingly replied that I too was on that list, and I told her why. Turns out she was behind in one area as well and I got myself another reprieve. All because I was forthcoming and didn’t try to sweep the problem under the rug. I let my problems be known and because I’m not a serial problem-haver (and because I have a great boss), I was cut a little slack.
And who are we kidding? We all need a little bit of slack every now and again. Especially on Super Bowl weekend. Sharing information is more than just common courtesy in the workplace. It’s a necessity, one as integral to effective operations as coffee filters in the kitchen. It’s a simple and often painless way to help your coworkers reprioritize and reorganize where needed to keep things moving and avoid project stalls. Stalling due to a lack of information is usually frowned on.
Think of it this way. Would you rather have your supervisor scouring his or her email Inbox looking for a memo or report that was never delivered, or attending to some other problem? It’s a no-brainer. Now, if only I could finish that darn feature…