Maybe this has happened to you; you’re producing excellent results at work and yet your boss keeps giving the really interesting assignments to your colleague.
What’s up with that?
It’s not necessarily anything you’re doing; it could be what you’re NOT doing. You see, your boss is looking for results, and when they know someone delivers, they often keep sending the work their way. It means your boss is human and running on habit (we all do it). It’s up to you to provide them with the option of giving some of the good stuff to you.
This means making yourself more visible, which may be something you don’t know how to do well, or feel uncomfortable doing. Would it help to know there are ways to do this that don’t involve your ego, or tooting your own horn? Keep reading.
There are many compelling reasons why increasing your visibility at work is an important career move for you. Your colleague (who is getting all the work right now) may be wondering when the rest of the team is going to start pulling their weight (help a team mate out). Visibility (and the interesting work that comes with it) exposes you to different aspects of the work your team does, which is a great learning opportunity, setting you up for future successes. You build more credibility and broaden what people know about your expertise when you’re more visible. With higher visibility you’ll be considered for a more diverse set of work assignments, and that often leads to promotional opportunities.
Worth the risk to get more work you’ll love? Oh yeah.
Sitting quietly on the sidelines hoping your boss (or other leaders at your organization) will send something juicy your way does not get this done. You need to stick your head above the parapet, take a calculated risk, and get out in front.
I promised you ways to do this that don't require bragging or other unsavoury behaviour that won’t align with your values (I got you). Here are 8 ways to attract more work you’ll love (and still love yourself):
Attracting the kind of work you love means you know what work that is. Make a list of the work you do today and enjoy. List the work you’d like to pass on when the opportunity presents itself and a list of the work you want to do, but haven’t had the chance yet. This acts as a guiding “north star” for the types of learning experiences, networking connections and other engagements you invest in at work.
Plan yourself in and you’ll have more interesting work in no time.