I work as an engineer for a large multinational consulting firm. My job includes collecting available data, running engineering calculations, generating reports and communicating with colleagues about the progress of various small projects. I have been working in this role for about 3-4 months now.
In my first day of work, my direct manager introduced me to a colleague with slightly more experience than me in these particular projects. After a few months, my impressions about this person include the following:
- They appear to be responsible for distributing these various small projects to the team members. They routinely assign me projects to work on.
- They showed me some of the ropes on how to actually carry out the work
- They are generally available and open to answer questions
- They rarely, if ever, check in with me to ask about the status of the projects I am assigned.
My question mainly pertains to my last impression, namely:
They rarely, if ever, check in with me to ask about the status of the projects I am assigned.
In the first couple of months, I showed a lot of initiative by regularly calling and ensuring that me and this person were on the same page regarding progress of the various projects.
Unfortunately, the constant initiative required on my end has proven to be quite draining. I have to admit that this has also makes me a little resentful, since I have an expectation that they check in every now and then.
Is it reasonable to expect that colleagues/managers regularly check in with those that they delegate work to? Or am I being high-maintenance, and need to act more responsibly?