How do you deal with manufactured emergencies in the workplace?
eg someone wants something done, and they think that you should drop everything you are doing, because they expect you to act on their request immediately, even though it’s not a high priority. It’s only a high priority because they think the world resolves around them.
Or they sit on something for weeks, then when they come to you, they expect it fixed asap because it’s due in the next day, or within the next hour!
It’s happened a few times recently with someone I work with. I hate contacting the external service provider and telling them it’s urgent, when it’s something that my coworker could have managed better.
One of the “emergency” wasn’t actually an emergency - they were going to run out of work for a new person to do. They could have acted and sent their request 3 weeks earlier.
I don’t think I will achieve much by going to our manager, as I can see it resulting in occurring more often. However, I do want to voice my concerns to my manager - just not sure how to word it properly.
It’s doing my head in, especially their passive aggressive comments about what the consequences will be if it’s not done asap.
I am trying to remind myself “Poor planning on your part does not necessitate an emergency on mine”, as it is something I read on eb some years ago.