That’s Not My Job!

not-my-jobI can always sense when someone will soon check out from the job and just go through the motions. No, I’m not psychic; I just have ears.

All I have to hear is someone repeatedly say, “That’s not in my job description” or “They don’t pay me enough to do that.”

Are you guilty of uttering these deadly phrases at one time in your career? You’re certainly not alone. You’ve worked so hard to achieve your prestigious title, so why be bothered with any menial or peripheral work?

I’ll tell you why—because no matter what title you hold, your purpose should be to work for the good of the team. Actually, the best bosses I’ve ever had were the ones who went above and beyond their job description to show they were team players.

The “that’s not my job” mentality is unhealthy to your organization. You’re all there for the same purpose—you just have different duties assigned to get the job done.

Think of your organization as being a body. And imagine every employee being a member of that body. How silly would it be for the pinky toe to say, “I’m so small and always getting stepped on. That wasn’t in my job description!” But in actuality, without the pinky toe, we’d be off balance.

So yes, you’ll do some things outside the realm of your “original job description”, but I don’t think there’s any job that can state every single task that you will ever perform during your tenure there.

As long as the good times outweigh the bad, and you’re still doing something you love, swallow your pride and be a team player!

Hope Boyd
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Hope Boyd
Director of Communications, Strategic Government Resources

One response

  1. Reblogged this on The Advantage of You! and commented:
    Spot on!

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