What doing an extra work really means to your career path
23 Nov 2016 / / Tips & Tutorial
So often we hear our colleagues or relatives complain about being assigned to do something that is not of their responsibilities at their companies. Most of you might even experience it yourselves. While a common opinion may suggest that you have all the rights to object being assigned into something you did not sign up at the first place, your willingness to do it actually gives you long-term benefits.
In this day and age, most companies tend to expect their employees to be able to master more than one skill at once. In the era where everyone is in a dynamic and competitive race of securing a good job, your unwillingness to do an extra work for a cliche ‘not my job’ excuse may actually put yourself in a very replaceable position. When you still brag and whine about how your employer expects you to do an extra work, best believe you will not last a second in the work industry. A lot of people out there with a willingness to do everything is always ready to hitch your job. What makes yourself irreplaceable?
You may argue that you do not want to do extra work that is not in your job descriptions, but when your company actually gives you the ‘extra work,’ it is actually your chance to prove to your company and managers that you are capable of doing a lot of things. It also means that your company sees that you have all the skills and potentials to do what they assign you. There goes your shot to prove them right.
Successful people at work are those who are willing to work extra hard and do not find it as a burden that their companies forcefully put into their shoulders. They do it without complaining. When all you aspire to be is a successful person at work, either to be able to climb corporate ladder fast or get achievements and awards, willing to take an extra work means that you are reliable, which is a good quality of an exemplary person.
A good employer values their employees based on their dedication and contribution to the company. Your willingness and sincerity to do the extra work might take you far from where you first started your career. When you give so much more than other employees can contribute, how would a company not want to retain you? It is likely that you get to be promoted and appreciated which often goes along with a salary raise.
Once your employer sees your worth as a reliable employee who is able to do more than what you are paid for, accomplishing your career goals will seem effortless.
However, what if you actually have sincerely done the extra work all the time but you are still underappreciated by your employer? Hard works do not betray. Not even a bit of your efforts will go to waste even if your employer does not recognise your contribution to the company. When you do something that is not even your job to do it and even when it is beyond your expectation to do it well and somehow you manage to do it very well, you are actually in progress of developing and improving your capabilities. Even though your company does not seem to value your efforts in doing the extra work, you are still gaining a skill that you probably did not master before. You become a reliable person that other employees would look up to; you develop a hard-working trait and eventually you will become a better person who is ready to compete in the workforce.