Thepublication “Ideologica” published a translation of an article by John Minners about why it is dangerous to be too effective to work late, be friends with everyone and to treat colleagues cakes. A big part of our lives we spend in the workplace. Colleagues we see more often than friends, and the management — more often than parents.
So we want to make a good impression on those who so often come into contact. But in trying to become the best workers we often do not notice that some positive habits can actually ruin our career. In any job there is at least one person who sits up late and leaves after everyone else. Some of them think that will look good in the eyes of the authorities, regularly bringing such a sacrifice, but youd be surprised how actually to your processing looks colleagues and employers.
Colleagues are often dissatisfied with this behavior because they do not want to work beyond measure, and mistakenly believe that the boss will appreciate more the sacrifice of a colleague, and not their quality work. The boss doesnt wonder how long you linger in the office, he only cares about how much work is done. When you sit late on a project that another employee finished faster, you risk looking less organized, slow, or tend to postpone the work until the last minute.
Work too late, only if it is really necessary. Those who respond to work emails the boss in the middle of the night or take over the management of the project at the last minute, I believe that will demonstrate your value to the company. But the work at night only with the aim to impress in this you will not help.
This is a man who participates in a telephone negotiation, working meanwhile on the computer on a project that, with the conversation totally unrelated. He finishes part one task and grabs another, not bringing anything fully until the end. Many job descriptions include such a requirement, however, the word “multitasking” is not really a fair reflection of what these workers really want. When you cut his attention between different tasks, often have to sacrifice efficiency and accuracy.
As a result, you take more time to complete one task because youre working on five at the same time. Then you accelerate, and increases the risk to make mistakes in a couple of tasks, and then spend even more time correcting them. The employer wants you to take the four tasks and completed them in one day, but he also wants you to do it with maximum attention to detail in every project.
Instead of working on four tasks in parallel, it is better to do them sequentially, starting from the most complex to the most simple. Employers will be upset by reading this, but excessive efficiency in some professions only hampers career. This is a controversial postulate.
Some agree with him, and the others would be writing angry comments below, proving how stupid it sounds that some of the staff are too efficient in their work. But this advice is not for all professions. There are some areas where too fast is punishable. Employees perform their tasks and should take extra because their colleagues behind.
It breeds contempt. If the reward for rapid execution of their work is more work, why try. Especially if you aint got a salary increase or raise.
But if there is extra work, but having finished their business for three days, you need something to fill the remaining two hours of the working day. Deep into it. You are encouraged for quick work.
Or you will arrange a beating for the fact that you have to work slowly and not take on additional cases, which do not play any role for your career. Remember the expression. Work better, not harder. Is a person who likes to buy donuts, cakes and cookies for colleagues and subordinates.
Who doesnt like sweets. You have to be crazy to argue with someone who buys you cookies. But there is a downside.
When you buy the donuts in the office, you do not take into account someones diet. And since you dont care about what someone can eat and what is not, there is always the risk of angering the person watching their waist or suffering from food allergies. Besides people constantly bringing sweets, perceived as a sort of mommy or daddys office, which can fairly to annoy the boss.
I once was accused of buying the loyalty of colleagues through cookies, as ridiculous as that sounds. So be careful. Not stand out.
If you have a special table for sweets, and people regularly bring something for your colleagues, then you probably should take part in it. If you like to bring to the office treats, but have you noticed that some people reject it because of the diet, next time bring a vegetable dish. And if you noticed that your behavior displeased the boss, you should not continue this practice. Instead, invite colleagues to lunch or coffee-break, to spend time together in a different way.
This is a man who cannot pass along the corridor and talk to everyone there to see. Handshakes, nods and even the odd motion with his hands (something like a shot from a finger) is what distinguishes the behavior of popular colleagues. A byproduct of such popularity is excessive talkativeness.
You can spill the beans about where he was that day when I was sick, or shared some facts from his personal life, which would anger your boss when discussing important job or promotion. You can withdraw yourself from colleagues and superiors talk about salary. And as sad as it sounds, some managers threatened employees that become too popular.
I watched the chiefs were behind the scenes of the game to destroy friendships in the office. Mr. or Ms. Popularity — good titles for school. But work is not school, so slow down, if you have too many friends in the office. Sometimes its better not to show off.