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Scooping work off the boss’s plate

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Mind reading may not be an official job description, but you probably do it at times.

When your boss has too much on her plate, but hasn’t asked for help, do you proactively offer to take over work? Asking to take specific tasks off your boss’s hands makes you even more valuable.

First, consider the tasks, then determine which ones are low value—in other words, those that don’t require your boss’s most valued talents—but have pressing deadlines. They might include:

  • Decisions that the boss makes frequently and repetitively. Most are predictable.
  • Tasks or paperwork the boss dislikes doing.
  • Activities that will broaden your expertise.
  • Opportunities to use and reinforce your creative talents (e.g., presentations or office communication).
  • Minor decisions.
  • Time-consuming details.

Tip: Document what you take on, so you can reap the rewards over time. The list of added tasks will be one way to demonstrate just how indispensable you really are.

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