When reliability is a not an asset
Is reliability your middle name?
Reliability can be a double edged sword. You must have heard the phrase if you want something done "give it to the busiest person." There is a fine line between being your team's most dependable and consistent contributor, to being the team's dumping ground for all the tasks that no one wants to take. [Tweet "Sometimes being Little Ms. Reliability can get us into trouble."]
There are 3 downsides for the team's workhorse:
- Those who are highly organised and efficient will be judged by higher expectations than other colleagues. Have you ever heard someone comment about a top performer having an off day, while the slacker just bumbles along?
- They may also get assigned a greater volume of work because they are perceived to be more competent
- People think it is easier for them than others so the value and difficulty of the task can be under-estimated and you will not get full credit
Why are you a workhorse?
The psychology of busyness is not always about competence, although it can be. It's important to understand why you do this.
- Do you need to delegate more? Can someone else do it? If not maybe you need a bigger team. Grow your leadership skills with these 10 daily habits.
- Can what you do be automated? Is the work low-value and repetitive and be taken over by a process ?
- Are you covering for other people - mothering not managing? Do you say: "It’s easier if I just do it myself."
- Do you think you can do it better than others? Do you have perfectionist tendencies?
- Do you bask in the recognition? Being busy can be addictive, so you have to be careful.
Become Little Ms Righteous
There are times when a little righteous indignation never goes amiss.
- Ask for a pay rise, or a change of title to reflect your position as top contributor.
- Make a business case for increased support.
- Let everyone know you take a point role on many assignments. Include it in your CV and on your LinkedIn profile. Download our free eBook : How to make the most of LinkedIn in 10 minutes a day.
- Bragging can pay according to this study from Wharton.
- Be firmer with your boundaries. Use the "I'd love to but....." line. Say "No" and mean it.
- Carve some me time. Be mindful and reflect. Get at peace with calmness.
What do you do about being Little Ms Reliability?
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