Help Yourself

It is only 11 am and I am done for the day.

It’s one of those days where you field countless requests for things. None of these things are hard, but they are all things that a person, with a minimum of effort, could do for themselves. Do enough 15 minute tasks and your entire day is shot.

Can you add me to this Sharepoint? (Sure. But I’m going to send an email to a person to request access for you, and you can do that and cc me). Can you upload this document? (Sure. But you can do that too, in the time it took you to attach it to the email.) Can you find this information? (Sure, but in the time I spend combing through documents, you could do it too, and then know where to find it next time)

I find the older I get, the more irritated I become when others are unable to help themselves. I genuinely don’t mind the “I don’t know how to do this, I don’t know what’s next, can you point me in the right direction.”

Once you get those people started, they are on their way. They don’t need you again. You’ve enabled them to solve a problem.

The other always just feels lazy to me, and I can’t abide laziness.

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2 Responses to Help Yourself

  1. Chris says:

    Ugh! Has it just been the week for this? I’m with you- I don’t mind the ones who learn but the lazy ones drive me crazy.

  2. carrie says:

    the answer to that is be the teacher and not the doer. doers are administrators solve everyones problems with no time to solve their own Teachers touch many, never stop growing and move on
    1. tell them to email “So and so” and cc you
    2. send them the link to the process for uploading
    3. tell them to search under ” ..topic..” or better yet, ask them where they think the information would be located.

    By doing it for them you encourage dependence, but you knew that already.

    being irritated doesn’t solve anything, it just wastes your time and energy. hope the rest of the week goes well.

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