Are you Doing Someone Else’s Work?

Angry picHave you ever felt that you were doing someone else’s job?  Has it suddenly occurred to you that you are working hard at tasks that don’t even fall under your job description?  It can be very frustrating to feel that you are being taken advantage of or that you aren’t getting the recognition that you deserve.  Here are some tips that will help you manage this situation effectively:

Ask for clarification.  Be open to the possibility that you may have misunderstood your role.  Perhaps this actually is part of your job.  Review your job description and talk to your manager so that you are clear on which tasks are included in your position.

Be flexible.  Gone are the days of rigid job descriptions.  In today’s business environment, almost every company is understaffed so everyone is expected to help out where they can.  While you do have a specific position, managers will always appreciate an employee who is willing to do what needs to be done.

Make a decision.  The worst thing you can do in this situation is continue to do the tasks angrily.  Don’t sit on the fence.  Either decide that you are willing to accept the tasks as part of your job, ask your manager to fix it, or move on.  Life is too short to remain in a situation that is stressing you out and if you are clearly unhappy, you won’t perform well.

(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee at

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