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Work sucks, and people need breaks from time to time to reenergize themselves. Most people choose to go for holidays, and funnily most come back even more tired than before. Why? Because they chose to go for a bad break, and a bad break can be as bad as work, or worse.
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There are some key skills in the corporate world which are important to the survival and elevation of employees. If you want to be a high flyer in office, whether you like it or not, you will have to practice most of these.
- You need to know your responsibilities and scope so that you don’t have to do more than what your role requires. If you try to be a nice person and be helpful, what you have helped will eventually become your job and the worst part is, you don’t get extra pay for taking more responsibilities. This is why there is something known as the RACI matrix (Responsibility, Accountability, Informed, Consulted) which is used by most in corporate which clearly defines who does what and who is responsible for what.
- Once you’ve got your scope defined, you need to be able to push work you are not responsible for, to your colleagues or sometimes, back to your customers.
- You also need to protect yourself, by making sure everything is written in black and white, and that you are merely giving an opinion and not statements.
- Should anything bad happen, you need to be able to put the blame on someone else. Sometimes this will cause some others to lose their jobs, but you shouldn’t be worried about that.
- The less you do, the better it is because in most cases, the amount of work doesn’t correlate well with the amount in your paycheck.
- Being visible – you don’t need to do much to get promotion. All you need to do is to get someone to do the work and you take the credit by telling your bosses you are the one who did the work.
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“You haven’t really failed, son, because you haven’t really tried to succeed. So don’t credit yourself as a failure. You’re worse than that.” – Michael Biehn as Bill Franklin in “Take Me Home Tonight”