Question: Our manager consistently underestimates the length of time it will take
to complete work. This affects my colleagues and me on a number of
levels: 1. The manager is regularly late for meetings, and meetings
with the manager generally go much longer. 2. The manager rarely
answers questions or completes her own work on time. 3. The manager
promises too much to clients and insists that the rest of us in the
office stop what we are doing so we can try and meet unrealistic
deadlines at the last minute. 4. The manager routinely questions
others’ time estimates for both minor tasks and major projects. This
has, on occasion, resulted in disputes.
Is there any way for an office or an individual to assist someone to
become more realistic? One thing I have done in regard to # 4 is
outline all the projects, tasks and meetings I have on the docket when
I am setting a deadline, so the manager knows what is happening, and we
agree on the deadline. This has been somewhat successful, but I find it
frustrating. It is also embarrassing, especially in meetings. I also
find it difficult to quickly list all my priorities.
Thank you for any suggestions you can give me! -- Discouraged in
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