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Lots and none at all. That’s entirely reasonable yet in no way necessary. Acting “… more responsibly…” would be to deny the Question itself. “Constant initiative required on my end…” sounds like a fair definition of responsibility. (“… high-maintenance…” seems rather a strange view of anything like this situation.) Working as an engineer is interesting yet ...


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Part of the job of an engineer is working independently. You are expected to be able to be given a task and complete it. Your repeated check-ins with this coworker are redundant; if you are expected to be completing your task, repeatedly checking in to show "oh look I'm doing my job, see?" isn't helping anyone, and in fact may be annoying. For ...


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First, you should clarify this individual's actual role and responsibility with your manager. They appear to be responsible for distributing these various small projects to the team members. They routinely assign me projects to work on. Are they actually responsible for this? It sounds like they assign you work, but they may not be accountable for tracking ...


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You are already providing your colleague with everything they need, so there is no need for them to reach out to you. You check in with them regularly. You provide them updates on your projects and ensure that you both are on the same page. You reach out whenever you have questions. Presumably you get your projects done on time and they are satisfied with ...


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I suggest turning the problem around. Instead of asking how to get attention from others, ask how best to keep other people aware of what I am doing. It is part of the job to communicate up. Managers, supervisors, and people who assign tasks generally have far more on their plate than they can handle. It takes extra effort for them to reach out and ask what ...


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