Maybe it's a cultural difference thing, but I really don't get what it means to "task" someone and why it might offend them.
Here's the context: I was listening to a podcast that was analyzing developer careers, roles, and all that. One point of discussion was that the person who gets promoted as a manager has a hard time fulfilling his KRAs because nobody likes to be "tasked". This becomes especially bad when the manager has less technical experience (and worse, if younger) than the people he's managing.
One example was provided: the manager went to the cubicle of this developer and said something, to which the developer was heard responding angrily, "Are you tasking me?!"
So, here are my questions:
- Is "tasking" different from assigning someone a task?
- If not, why would someone get furious over it? I mean, someone has to oversee what you're working on, and it can't be helped if they're younger.
- If yes, what exactly does it mean?
- Finally, if "tasking" someone is something as harmless as assigning a task and people still get offended, how will you ever get someone to do something, especially within a stipulated time-frame?