What do you do when someone you depend on must be gone and you have to pick up the slack? Typical scenarios when this happens include termination, vacation, downsizing or personal crisis. To read the rest of this article from the Business First of Columbus, see: Surviving crises while that crucial someone is gone http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2005/07/11/smallb4.html
For example, Brad and Harry had been partners for years and depended on each other daily. When Brad’s father had a stroke and went into a coma, Brad’s work life stopped but Harry’s didn’t. Harry had to do both their tasks. But how could he complain when Brad rushed to be at his father’s side? Brad knew Harry would understand.
As days stretched into weeks, Harry became overwhelmed. But he certainly didn’t want his weaknesses to burden Brad, who had “more important” things on his mind.
What could Brad and Harry do to repair the torn relationship and keep the company going? What can you do if you find yourself with a similar situation?
Here are six basic guidelines for dealing with a crisis that requires a team member to be absent from work – for details, see the original article:
- Always begin with the relationship.
- Accept that you can’t accomplish everything.
- Take care of yourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually.
- Increase communication appropriately.
- Avoid unilateral decisions whenever possible.
- No guilt; no recriminations.
Brad and Harry used a seven-question process for daily triage of their tasks. It can work for you, too – for details, see the original article.
- What must we do today and this week?
- What are we capable of doing; given the energy and help we have at this moment?
- What do I need your help with – physically and emotionally?
- What can’t I do and what won’t I do?
- What will I do?
- What must we let go of?
- What temporary help do we need?
By disciplining themselves to follow the process, the partnership and business withstood the crisis.
A note to senior managers: Which lower level managers will struggle unless you to provide them with this process?
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