Dealing with a heavy workload at workMakarand Vaidya
“I am not able to sleep at night. There is too much work in the project, please move me to some other project.” As Dhanesh was complaining I could hear the frustration in his voice. Obviously, there was something wrong.
“Can you tell me something more about it?” Proposing a solution without hearing the problem, can make the situation worse. Also, many times hearing out the person who is frustrated can release half of the pressure.
“I have been working day and night for the last few weeks. There are a lot of tasks on my plate, the work never gets done. Even then, Ritesh has added another feature in this release. He says it must be done otherwise the product is not going out. I don’t think I can finish all of this in time.”
“Did you check with other engineers in the project? How are they handling their load?”
“Well, they don’t have as much load. They just say ‘no’ to more work, when they have enough on their plate.”
“Ok, that explains. Why don’t you do the same?”
“How can I? I am the star of the group. I can’t say no.”
Do you think, moving Dhanesh to another project will solve his problem?