Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What To Do About De-motivating Tasks At Work

“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” Benjamin Fairless
Do you enjoy your job? Do you enjoy all your tasks, or do some tasks get you down? For example, some people love paperwork, but others hate it with a passion.  As most jobs require a degree of paperwork, there is not a lot you can do about it. However, if most of your job is taken up by paperwork and you hate it, or another task that you hate, there are certain things you could do about it:

You can ask to be re-assigned to a different department which does not require you to do the task that you hate, or where there is much less of that task involved.

You can ask for someone who loves the job you hate to be your partner. This way, you are working on your strengths, and your partner is too. So if you hate cold calling, for example, partner with someone who excels at that, while you go out and make the sales, and share the commission.

Create a system or use a tool. It has been proven that systems work. Tools you could use could be a tape recorder, or a camera.

You can ask for ways to do your task differently such as submitting pictures or a video instead of writing about it.

You can minimise the amount of work by making a template that you just fill in the blanks.  Find out from your boss whether it would be okay to hand in something that is adequate as opposed to perfect. If it is not your strength, you can argue that your time is best spent in the areas that you are strong.

You can do a psychometric test which you can take to your boss to show which areas motivate you and which jobs don’t suit your talents and abilities. Then employ the strategies above to negotiate terms of your employment that is more in line with your natural talents and gifts.

Most people find some tasks in their job de-motivating. There is no-one who is great at every area in their job. We all have areas in our jobs which we don’t enjoy. People who are the most successful in their job employ the strategies above to make their job more enjoyable and to work to their strengths.

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