How to enjoy your job…
When recruiting new talent, the first thing we do is write a job description for the vacancy we want to fill. We need these job-documents for every function, in order to comply with ISO requirements and also to create clarity about roles and responsibilities. And although they are vital for every business, I find these job descriptions a bit boring.
Don’t limit yourself to your job description.
Consider it as the bare minimum of what is expected from you. The document is only a guideline of what is important for the organization and should be seen as a path from which you are allowed and even encouraged to wander.
So dare to go beyond what is mentioned in your job description. Be more than what is written on a piece of paper and think of your job as a combination of roles.
Proactively look for assignments that will help you achieve career milestones or learn specific skills. Exciting roles are there for you to grab. Think of being a company ambassador and helping your team with its environmental targets, its social programs, participating in taskforces or just helping your teammates with their individual challenges.
Take on these kinds of new roles as they will help you get closer to achieving your full potential!
My job is CEO. Sometimes it feels like it stand for Chief Everything Officer. I am living proof of not following a job description. I have always attempted to build on top and around what I was hired to do, as it makes work and life a lot more fun.
Last week, for example, I had talks with HR about our new company training program, I wrote a blog, gave an online yoga class to our staff, ordered Easter eggs for everyone, presented our 2020 plans to the banks, negotiated a new contract with one of our key suppliers, called up a few employees that were not feeling well during this Covid-crisis, discussed setting up a new company for data analysis and much more.
A lot of these items are not literally in my job description, but all of these taks are connected to roles I have taken on as I felt it was needed. I fill holes wherever they pop-up and try to keep everybody happy and performing. I wouldn’t trade it for another job in the world.
The bottom line and my advice to you is that your job has two parts…
The first is outlined in your job description and the second starts with a simple question :
How can I help?