Ideally this was to be an easy project. Create a report for a website. Something like this:
- I am provided a template (drawn up by graphics designer)
- I implement/update the programming to match (codify)
- Repeat 1 or 2 as needed if I miss something or more changes/updates are needed.
- The end.
Instead, it appears this coworker lacks the required workflow on how to go about this project, and abuses my time to visualize output of her changes to the project. Namely, she is not utilizing the graphics department to draft the proper template. She makes updates to the template herself, often on the fly, while requesting my input on those changes. Usually ignores my input.
Typically this goes as such - coworker is either repeatedly stopping by my desk at random intervals or requests me for spontaneous meetings, and tells me things like these
- omg, I am "so done" with this project
- can you make this change today? today right? Today(?)
- can you make this title smaller?
- can you make these cells the same width?
- can you make this text bigger, right?
- does this (font, title, margin, space, logo) look right to you? I don't know what do you think? (repeat 3-4 times)
- You're going to do this today, right?
- can you make this wider/smaller/bigger/shift left/shift right
- what do you think?
Repeat all of the above the next day. There is no template even though my boss asked her to provide one. The template she did provide was trampled over by her (back to the change process described above).
I am not a graphics designer. I can match the report to a given template, but I don't care, nor should I provide guidance on what the report should look like. These constant changes and spontaneous meetings can last 30-40 minutes, where coworker repeats her changes, mulls over them indecisively, for the duration of the event, while I am getting ready to shoot myself figuratively.
One meeting in particular, an interaction triggered an anxiety attack. I had to use controlled breathing coping technique to keep myself calm. This should not be a typical workplace response.
The interaction was when I reluctantly kept agreeing to implement incoming changes, which only produced more change requests, and she still was not sure if those were the changes she wanted to be implemented.
In reality though I am also done with this project, even before she starts her next change avalanche. She is keeping me from advancing to other more important projects. (Projects that do not involve making fonts just a tad smaller/bigger/wider/narrower ad infinitum)