When reliability is a not an asset

by Apr 11, 2016

                                                    Is reliability your middle name?


Reliability can be a double edged sword

Reliability can be a double-edged sword

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. Sometimes being Little Ms. Reliability can get us into trouble.

There are 3 downsides for the team’s workhorse:

  1. 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?
  2. They may also get assigned a greater volume of work because they are perceived to be more competent
  3. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Can what you do be automated? Is the work low-value and repetitive and be taken over by a process ?
  3. Are you covering for other people – mothering not managing? Do you say: “It’s easier if I just do it myself.”
  4. Do you think you can do it better than others? Do you have perfectionist tendencies?
  5. 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.

  1. Ask for a pay rise, or a change of title to reflect your position as top contributor.
  2. Make a business case for increased support.
  3. 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.
  4. Bragging can pay according to this study from Wharton.
  5. Be firmer with your boundaries. Use the “I’d love to but…..” line. Say “No” and mean it.
  6. 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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