Doing a ‘superjob’ during the recession

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You've worked hard to get where you are. Chances are, people in your office are turning to you more and more as the one who can handle anything. And that's great—Congratulations!

But there's a catch. The more your supervisors and co-workers trust you, the more work you're going to get. And the harder it is to stay on top of it all. What's worse, you're not the only one who feels like this at work.

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If you feel like a Jack or Jill of all trades, you're not alone. Pretty soon, the rest of the office may be feeling the same way, if they don’t already.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, we’ve entered the era of the “superjob,” in which businesses of all sizes are asking employees to take on extra tasks that may not be in their job descriptions.

The underlying reason is the unemployment crisis and a quest for more efficiency. “Job descriptions are written in sand,” management consultant Rich Moran says.

Tip for coping with a “stretch” job: Manage up. Let your boss know when you have conflicting priorities or an unmanageable workload.

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What your boss needs now more than ever

Executives are struggling with time management now more than ever, given the “doing more with less” phi­­losophy that reigns in most workplaces.

In a new poll from Robert Half Man­agement Resources, 38% of ex­ec­u­tives surveyed said time man­­­­agement is their greatest challenge—more than keeping up with technology or staying current with their industry’s regulations.

Ask your boss: “How can I open up more time in your schedule?"

Ideas:

  • Sort all incoming papers, whisking away or routing the unimportant.
  • Process her e-mail inbox, culling the garbage, forwarding only what deserves her personal attention, and processing the rest.
  • Handle routine correspondence. Armed with a boss’s preferences, you could answer requests for meetings, time or donations, for example.
Knock 'em dead, Superstar.

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