I’ve got an analyst who I don’t manage, but to whom I can delegate work. He doesn’t do a great job. The work comes in last minute and is usually full of errors. He’s not really thorough in his analysis. Our team is short-staffed, so a lot of his work quality is due to the fact that he is stretched thin. I try to work with him and train him as much as possible but I keep seeing the same errors in his work. While I am grateful for the help I do get from him, I seem to zero in on his flaws and wonder how he will get the work done in a better way. I try to focus on the benefit that I’m getting from him – if the work gets done to a 75% level, than that’s better than 0%. He tries hard and I know he’s devoted, but I find myself getting annoyed with how much I have to help him with his understanding.
I don’t feel supported in my work with him and I know that’s just a thought. I don’t feel fully comfortable giving him work. Do I just need to adopt the attitude that “This is what to expect from J and that’s what he does”? That feels neutral to me and better than “I get an incomplete project from him every time I delegate something.” I’m not his manager. I would like to see higher quality work from him, but I have been buttoning my lip and providing constructive feedback when it’s appropriate which I’m happy to do to help him grow into the role.