[ 2006-07-06 09:12 ]
Office protocol can make it difficult for one employee to ask another for
help. While no one likes the shirker who never seems to be able to quite get his
own projects finished and turns helplessly to peers for assistance, most will
willingly volunteer to lend a hand to someone who has helped him or her before.
If you know a coworker is working through lunch on a large client packet,
your volunteering to stay and help will be gratefully received and most often
returned when it's you who is stuck. I say voluntarily because your offer does
not add up paid overtime hours. It is only helping a peer in need.
If your offer is accepted, you do not, however, store it away in your mental
favor bank or ever remind everyone what a good person you were for helping--you
simply hope the favor will be returned when it's you who is overloaded.