You are largely accountable for frustration experienced at work 

Frustration happens often with any kind of projects that involve team collaboration. 

Junior members may feel they are given unreasonable deadlines and have multiple directions that could change along the course. Managers often get frustrated when they have to spend a lot of time revising the work of their subordinates who don’t seem to have grasped the feedback earlier or didn’t pay enough attention to details.

Whether you are managing up or down, a common source of frustration and team inefficiency comes from a lack of transparency. With different levels of exposure to information pertinent to the project and the end goal, it’s easy to blame others for not understanding your side of the story whether it’s other priorities at hand, lack of certain supporting resources, the change with directoon or pressure from higher ups. 

Instead of complaining or withdrawing from communication, one needs to adopt the sense of ownership and leadership, and hold oneself accountable for more transparency across the team to help strengthen the team efficiencies.

As a junior member, you should clearly lay out your tasks at the moment and check with your managers to align on priorities. If it’s a somewhat lengthy project, depending on your managers’ style, you should provide regular progress check-in to check with your manager if you are on the right track so you will never produce anything that still needs a lot patches right before the deadline. You should also be willing to go an extra mile to think about how to create the most presentable results.

As a manager, you need to plan in advance whenever possible so your team are not always stressed with last minute tasks. You should also be able to provide clear directions in plain language with process docs if applicable so others are able to grasp easily. You need to map out the direction in advance prior to team meetings so you don’t waste others’ time thinking out loud. If you consider all facets up front, it’s also less likely to encounter redundant work that changing the course of direction often entails.

These are my thoughts from daily team collaboration. Would be happy to hear yours! 

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