I just got hired at this university as a lab tech, but my boss wouldn't consider me a new person since I have some experience of the job. At the same time, the department also hired another lab tech, and he's new. Even though he's new, his position description did not describe the position as an entry level position. I was thinking he may just need to be told a few tips and tricks on how to stay active. But the boss was so slow on his training, like make it easy for him for the first few months.
We are working for a university with a semester system, and we are entering the 10th week Monday. There are only five more weeks before we go on to break and Spring semester starts mid-January. Our boss was already thinking about assigning us which lab courses to prepare. I am not going into how skew her assignment is. BUT she mentioned about one elective course to be shared.
My question is how to tell the boss I am not up for the sharing, but can still work together.
Here's what I found and things to consider:
- two weeks ago, the boss thought this new guy is flaky. not sure if she changed her mind yet.
- she always say "give him a chance"
- we have group meetings every week to discuss issue, and as well to help this new guy
- during one meeting, we talked about waste management. We talked about how the previous incumbent did it, and this new guy did not oppose. Then, the waste are assigned by rooms.
- after the meeting, this guy did not really do what was said during the meeting. I don't care because the room is assigned to him, which means if he doesn't do it they way we agree on, he still has to do it some other way. I don't mind he has his way of doing things, as long as things get done and would not impact or dump work on others.
Potential problem when sharing:
- I and this new guy are going to sit down and decide how to do things. he would not oppose to anything and yet very agreeable. Seemed from his reaction during the group meeting.
- in the end, he starts to do things his way but not think about the impact after an agreement.
- between the two techs of us, I am the tier 3 while he is the tier 2, if by all means I would have the full responsibility even it was supposed to be shared.
I also want to include how my work pace is different from his into the bargain to make my boss rethink the idea of sharing, because when we prepare for lab courses, being on time to deliver things are important.
I am totally aware that when saying "no" to the boss, I have to back up with reasons, be open-minded, and listens to the boss's idea. Please help me fill in this formula.