What’s the one thing in your job you could lose that would make you a very happy professional? And how would it feel to never have to do that task again? Go on, dream a little bit.
Hold on to that vision, because there are clear ways to step out of work you are bored with today. But, before we go there, let’s look at some the excellent reasons you should move away from tasks you’ve “out-grown” at work:
Full disclosure, there will always be routine work in every job that isn’t exciting to do; the goal is not to get to 100% juicy work (80/20 is a more realistic split). The goal is to ensure you highlight your skills and readiness to support increased value-add work so both you and your organization can benefit.
So, have you identified one or two things you’d be happy to lose from your job description? Here’s how to do just that:
All of these options can help you move boring things off your plate at work, but the most important part to getting this done is making sure you have a strategic upside to offer. Demonstrating to your manager what value-add you can bring to other critical work (or how you can take on more of the challenging work you have today) is key. Here again, you’ll want to highlight the opportunities for the business in considering this change, keeping it de-personalized and ego-less.
It’s important to shine a light on the work you do from time to time and evaluate if it is the best use of your evolving talents and skills. If you think your boss is doing this, keep in mind how busy they are…do they really get the “thinking” time needed to assess if everyone is optimized in their roles? Not likely. You need to advocate for yourself, or risk letting this happen by chance. Of course, if you have really bright co-workers with lots of potential who advocate for themselves than even chance won’t help you.
Think about it; what is the worst that could happen in advocating for what you know you are ready to do?
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