We have some shared resources at my workplace, namely:
- the dishwasher
- the coffee machine
- the kitchen sink
and we have a policy on how to use them:
- If you have some dishes which need washing put them in the dishwasher
- If the dishwasher is working don't open it, wash your stuff in the sink
- If the dishwasher is full of clean cutlery either wash your stuff or empty the dishwasher then you can put your stuff in the dishwasher
The problem is that most of my colleagues adhere to this but there are some of them who just put their stuff in the sink without washing them, or put their dirty stuff in the dishwasher which is full of clean items.
The coffee machine has the same problem, although less severe: it sometimes needs filling with water, coffee, or emptying, but even if it displays what to do some people just ignore it so the next one to drink coffee has to do these.
My problem is that this behavior generates additional work and also contributes to friction between colleagues: sometimes people get annoyed, they talk about it all the time, but no solution emerged so far. In my opinion, this situation is a time sink and I'd like to figure out some solution which makes it go away.
What can I do?