Often my manager will ask for a simple task to be completed ‘urgently’, and in the majority of these cases will ask for the team to divide the work amongst itself so that it gets done as quickly as possible.
Without wishing to sound arrogant, for quite a few of these tasks it would be quicker if I were to perform the whole task myself. However, I am aware of the fact that if I continually do all of these tasks there is the risk of alienating my colleague and also making them look bad. I have tried the following ways of working so far:
- Splitting the work directly in half – each time I complete my part notably sooner and my manager has to wait accordingly (not that they know what has caused the delay).
- Splitting the work unfairly (I do more) – we tend to finish at the same time, but I feel that this isn’t great for our working relationship (as it suggests I feel I can do more in the timeframe).
- One of us performs the task and the other checks the process used – if I perform the task I will typically have to wait twice as long as it took to run to always be told that my approach was fine. If they run the task I often have to wait for a long time and then find errors in their output.
This is only really an issue when my manager asks for something urgently (as otherwise the additional time isn’t such a problem), and I feel torn between trying to maintain a good working relationship with my colleague but also delivering as efficiently as possible.
What can I do to make sure these tasks are completed effectively without destroying a working relationship?