Dealing with condescending colleagues?

6 months ago from Igor Pascoal, Product Designer

  • Barry WhiteBarry White, 6 months ago

    If a colleague is being purposefully condescending, then report it to your manager. They need pulled up. That kind of behaviour is toxic in any workplace.

    If a colleague is being unknowingly condescending, as they don't "get it", they need to see the value the work you provide. I've definitely been in this position when I was a new designer, but mostly it was my fault. The work I was doing was re-enforcing the idea that I was there to "make it pretty". Mocking up what a stakeholder wanted, passing it on to the dev team, repeat.

    I broke out of this situation when I realised what my job actually was. The team had a problem, I created a rough prototype of a solution (which wasn't part of our regular process – I actually did this outside work as I had become so frustrated), and presented to the team, gathering their feedback. The team saw the direction we needed to move and it helped unblock us. We moved forward together.

    For me, it's all about demonstrating process and problem-solving techniques, which include the broader team. It came from actions I took – which can be a bit daunting if you're a new designer, especially if you're a bit shy.

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