Poll: Have you ever asked a colleague for help to finish a project?
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May 28, 2009

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you ever asked a colleague for help to finish a project?".

This poll was originally submitted by Norman Buhagiar

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Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:17
German to English
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I don't think so... May 28, 2009

I voted "No", but I wasn't quite sure how to understand the question. I have never asked a colleague for help directly in order to finish a project/meet a deadline, but I have asked colleagues for help with terminology or proofreading.

 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 22:17
Member (2008)
English to Italian
somehow May 28, 2009

I was offered a big project, and I knew I wasn-t able to do it by myself by the deadline, beacause of other previous deadlines.. so I asked a colleague, we worked together, and shared the money...

 

María Eugenia Wachtendorff  Identity Verified
Chile
Local time: 17:17
English to Spanish
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YES - SEVERAL TIMES, WITH UP TO SEVEN COLLEAGUES PARTICIPATING May 28, 2009

I have managed several large projects for my own clients. It is not an easy task, but once you gather the ideal team, everything goes smoothly.

Though somewhat stressful because you are responsible for everybody's work, the experience is enriching if you love challengesicon_smile.gif


 

Carla Catolino
Italy
Local time: 22:17
Member (2008)
Italian to English
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Yes-- May 28, 2009

I work with a colleague. He lives 10 minutes from my house and the first time we met was through PROZ. I am very happy with the quality of his work and we have a great working relationship and friendship. I don't think that I would use colleagues that I didn't know to help me finish a job.

 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 22:17
English to French
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Networking May 29, 2009

I understand the question as ‘helping out in a rush’. No, I never asked a colleague for help. I do help out one colleague once in a while though, when a huge project needs to be finished in what will turn out to be too short a time. Taking over a chapter or two relieves the time pressure, from the very start. Next step is that we substitute for each other during holidays or rush periods and we ended up ‘sharing’ several clients. I call it networking.

 

Venkatesh Sundaram  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 01:47
German to English
Often - for mutual benefit May 29, 2009

Gianluca Marras wrote:

I was offered a big project, and I knew I wasn-t able to do it by myself by the deadline, beacause of other previous deadlines.. so I asked a colleague, we worked together, and shared the money...


Happens often enough. I think a seasoned professional should know when she / he can't finish a job in the time alloted by her(him)self. Moreover, as the saying goes,"two heads are better than one".
I've also learnt a lot by working with other colleagues, especially when I started out a few years ago, but even these days.
It's necessary of course that the conditions are made clear at the start - to enhance the trust being built up.


 

Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:17
Member (2005)
German to English
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Not exactly May 29, 2009

I have referred colleagues when I knew that I could not handle a project, but my involvement ended in the referral.

 

Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:17
Member
Spanish to English
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Other May 29, 2009

I can only answer for my capacity. I know my own normal productivity and burst rate productivity. However, there are still customers who imagine 1000 pages can come out in five days, so I always have a ready list of referrals for forming a team.

I never volunteer myself to manage a large-scale project (by outsourcing, for example), nor am I willing to assume the administration tasks associated, so this is the best I can offer.


 


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