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Stop Saying "Too Busy" Before It Derails Your Career

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Career AdviceEveryone is busy. If you have a job and you aren't busy, you're in danger of losing your job.

People get tired of hearing how busy you are

Looking busy and being busy are two separate things. Your co-workers are busy too and if you are constantly stating (or complaining) that you are busy, they will start to avoid you.

Management may question how efficient you are. Unless you work in an emergency room, whatever you are doing is probably not an emergency. While there are times when deadlines or other circumstances require extra effort to complete a task, day to day you should be competent enough at your job that you do it without boasting that your level of activity trumps everyone elses.

You won't be admired

Working at a frantic pace doesn't make you a better employee. Sometimes moving too fast results in "unforced errors" that cost you time, diminishes the quality of your work product and can damage your reputation. Working so hard that you have no time to develop relationships within your corporate culture can isolate you and prevent others from seeing the talents you truly have.

Spending an unrealistic amount of time and mental energy on your job is not healthy. A workaholic is a gentler way of saying you are work addicted. In his New York Times bestselling book, REWORK, entrepreneur Jason Fried warns, "Workaholics aren't heroes. They don't save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way."

Keep on an even keel

A valuable employee is a balanced employee. Being busy all the time and telling others how busy you are doesn't make you better; it makes you annoying. A full life includes a personal life with people you care about. Working should be a significant part of your life, but not THE most significant. Working compulsively or taking on too much isn't necessary to move up in your career. Don't broadcast how much you do in a short amount of time. Doing an outstanding job is all you need to do; let your work speak for itself.

We are never too busy to talk to you about career opportunities. Contact us to find out what a professional staffing company can do to assist you in achieving your employment goals. 

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