My company recently started using some new software that’s thrown off my productivity hugely. I think it will take a month or more to acclimate to this new normal, but I’ve noticed most of the younger staff have already picked it up. I’m good at what I do, but worry I’ll be singled out for falling behind. Should I approach my supervisor about needing more time to adjust?
– Robin P.
Great question, and it’s one I hear a lot. It’s not that you need more time to adjust, but more time to spend with your younger colleagues. Ask if one of these colleagues will agree to give you a bit of time on a regular basis to catch you up. Productivity must slow down for anyone learning something anew. Give yourself a break, and don’t be so hard on yourself! I had this happen with a top accountant who joined a big firm after having been an entrepreneur for most of his career. The allure of the big company won him over, but then he was confronted with all kinds of programs that he knew nothing about. This smart numbers guy was overwhelmed every time he had to deal with a new update. Then, when he couldn’t get started on his own, I recommended he ask one of his staff to give him some extra time and be paid for it. This was a win-win-win for him, the staff, and the company. Everyone was up to speed, respected for their talents, and paid appropriately. It’s not about needing to adjust, you’re learning, just like everyone else who might be more familiar with it. Remember there is no harm in asking. Just ask.