It’s easy to guess what went wrong with a work project after it goes South. Web Worker Daily wants you to get a little foresight, though, and know what to fix, or when to bail.
Georgina Laidlaw speaks from experience, having watched a subcontract for an ad agency go suddenly, irreversibly wrong. Some signs should have told her that changes needed to be made, but others were warning signs that her real energy and time could be better spent than rearranging chairs on the Titanic.
Laidlaw offers five points of warning, but this one sticks out as the catch-all indicator that something’s gone wrong, especially when working with someone whose habits and processes you know well:
No one I’ve ever worked with has accepted copy straight up, without amendments. Ever. So this should have been a huge red flag for me. If a person you’re working with does something you’ve never seen before – and their behaviour affects you – check it out with them.
In other words, even if a client or co-worker can explain something away—it was a busy day, lots of family stuff, and the like—allowing changes to the project process to go unexamined can lead you down the path to confusion and clutter.
How have you known when things were taking a turn for the worse in your work? What’s the best move you made to fix or escape a big goal, or small team? Tell us in the comments. 5 Warning Signs of a Project In Danger [Web Worker Daily]