Marie's Answer: Even though this procrastinator is annoying, his chronic tardiness apparently doesn't interfere with your own work. So let me suggest that this is really his problem, not yours.
Here's what to consider:
• If your slacker colleague gets in trouble, it will be due to his own negligence, not your failure to fix him. Although you feel that he should be more conscientious, he doesn't seem to care.
• You say you’re ready to stop helping him. That’s perfectly fine, because he’s not your responsibility. Since he hasn’t requested assistance, why waste your energy on all those reminders? After all, you’re not paid to be his Mom.
• Your boss, however, is paid to be his manager. If she’s unhappy about overdue reports, then she needs to demand better performance. Until she sets clear expectations and holds him accountable, this guy’s not going to change.
• If your manager ever makes you the official deadline monitor, then she needs to explain that role to your colleagues. But until that happens, you might as well concentrate on your own responsibilities.
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