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Is it normal to have to ask your partner constantly if they’ve done their part? My partner has no initiative and either takes really long to do her work, all the way up till we present, or doesn’t...

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Work with your PM to set due dates for each stage - concepting, writing, layout, etc. Helps make sure each step it’s the time necessary and keeps people accountable.

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@SC1 thank you! I’ll try this

If you feel this way most likely people know. During my internship my partner sucked and I just did everything. If I can make his copy better I did, if not I left it for the CD to change. If he didn't write anything I just wrote it and showed him. At the end of the internship he was let go and I stayed on. Never said anything negative about him to anyone to this day. He's since been let go from 4 different agencies within the last 2 years. Just know if they suck and don't work hard they will never make it.

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tell me until I ask for it but also gets pissy when I remind her about the deadlines. I hate to be that person and don’t want to step out of line given we’re both juniors but it’s getting really annoying that I have to push to make those deadlines for the both of us. Am I being impatient or how can I talk about this without being offensive?

It’s well within your right to have expectations of your teammate(s). If her lack of initiative is messing with your ability to finish your presentation, it’s a problem she needs to address. If she’s becoming reactionary, she’s setting you both up to fail. Talk to her privately about why this is an issue and if she can’t take it maturely and course correct her working habits, ask your manager to help you approach the problem again.

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What happens when you set a “I need the copy by 2pm to make our 6pm check in” type of scheduling. Does she ignore it?

@CD1 she acknowledges it but doesn’t deliver then. What annoys me also is that she spends a lot of time talking about non-work stuff with people around. I don’t wanna judge her creative process but it’s frustrating when I can see that she has time for these other things but not for our own work.

Everything hard is normal when you’re a junior. You’re learning. It’s intimidating and some people seize up under that pressure. Work together to get better together, and don’t be someone who throws your partner under the bus. A creative team has to support each other, and feel safe together, to get the best out of each other. If you don’t work in an environment where a junior team has room to fail, maybe that’s the issue.

@ECD1 how should I bring this up to her without coming off as offensive? I’ve tried the brainstorming together bit but it’s not really working and I don’t want to throw her under the bus like you said and go straight to our supervisor.

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