I have a colleague who is the newest member of the team, with us for about 6 months.
As a team we do help each other out sometimes, if one person is inundated with tasks, it’s normal for them to ask someone else to take one off them. The general understanding is that everyone is accountable for ensuring their own work gets done, ideally by self.
This may sound incredibly petty but I took issue with this new colleague yesterday. She asked me to do 6 different tasks, most or all of which she should be capable of, all in the one breath. I was almost maxed out on my own work. When asked to do the first thing I agreed amiably, because I took it that she was inundated. But as she continued the balance seemed to shift dramatically.
Should I speak to her? If so, how should I approach her? We are between managers at the moment, so I don’t have someone above me to get guidance from. While polite, her manner was bossy, and I don’t want to be an egomaniac but I am the supervisor within the team, so I found it quite jarring.
Edit: while similar I don’t believe this question is directly answered elsewhere. Rather than someone in a position of power or trying to retain control, this is the person at the bottom who is creating imbalance in the workplace possibly due to ignorance or another motive.