Thursday, June 02, 2011

Do You Know What's Expected of You at Work?

Believe it or not, there are people working--of all shapes and stripes--who are working without benefit of having ever seen or been given a copy of their job description. Some people are hired, someone takes them to a sales floor or to an office and they tell them to do this, that, and the third.

But, there are all sorts of nuances to jobs and there may be things that you are expected to do that nobody may have shared with you. You are literally at the mercy of the person training you. If they are about to leave the company, especially not on good terms, or if they are relatively new to the job or if they were not trained well or if they don't give a rat's behind about performance and expectations (read: they are a slacker), you may not be receiving or you may not have received the training you deserve. More importantly, you may not know the full picture of what is expected of you by a supervisor/employer.

On top of that, without knowing expectations, it's hard to move up. How do you know when you are exceeding the requirements of your job to determine promotion opportunities and whether or not you are qualified? Knowing the expectations of your job has a direct correlation to the potential amount of money you can put in your pockets through advancement. So, here's the tip for promotions:

Find out all of the standards that your work and behaviors will be compared against and make sure you meet and/or exceed those levels! Ask to see your job description, if you don't have one. If the company doesn't have a description prepared, this happens more than you may realize, you could even volunteer to draft a description. This will show initiative and that you take your job seriously.

Additionally, you should keep performance logs to track how you’ve met and exceeded job expectations. Keep all thank you emails and letters from clients and coworkers that demonstrate that you’ve done a great job on an assignment. Share these emails with your supervisor/manager throughout the year, so they are aware that you are consistently doing a great job—and that you should be considered for a reward (bonus, raise, promotion).


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